In addition to what others have mentioned already, the conditions of the roads/sidewalks should definitely be taken into account. After moving to the Southwest from Wisconsin, I started running year round. The first Christmas I went back to visit my parents, I said, "No more of this cold weather saying what I can and cannot do! I'M RUNNING."
The very first step I took off the front porch, I wiped out so hard I had a bruise on my butt for weeks. Pride goeth before a fall.
But the benefits can be high, even if you just go out walking for now, given your ankle. Spending time outside in the winter can be great for your mood too. But realize that there will be days when going outside will truly be unsafe, and have a back-up plan for those days (or weeks) so you can stay on track. Something indoors is an excellent idea.
Even in moderately cold temperatures, I would recommend at least a wicking layer on top, long johns, gloves, and a hat. Maybe a scarf or balaclava. If the majority of your skin is covered, you will probably feel sufficiently warm while moving (with the recent arctic vortex being an exception). I would stay away from cotton, since when it gets sweaty/wet it can make you colder.
Good luck to you!
| July Minutes: 0