As the weather gets colder and colder, we often are deterred from going outside. However, there are benefits to working out outside. As we see it, no matter the time of year taking in fresh air is good for your body! See some reasons below as to why a cold weather workout can be positive.
Exercising outdoors in winter can battle against emotional and physical distress that winter brings such as lethargy and low mood. When we stay active in winter we generate endorphins post-workout that can give you that mood boost to get you through the day.
Exposure to Vitamin D
As we spend less time outside in winter, our bodies get less vitamin D which is essential for us to absorb calcium and promote bone growth. By getting active outside in winter we can take in small doses of sunlight which will not only make you happy but will keep you strong too!
You Can Burn More Calories
According to experts, when our bodies are exposed to cold over time we begin to build up brown adipose tissue or brown fat. Brown fat’s purpose is to produce heat to warm up the blood, thereby keeping the body warm. It does this by burning up energy which in turn helps burn the white fat that is stored for energy!
Now for some tips
When working out in the colder weather it is important to do the following: