As the colder weather sets in it can be tempting to stay inside where it's cosy and warm and hibernate through the winter! It’s no coincidence that as the colder days set in, we start craving comfort food such as pies and hearty stews and many people gain weight over winter. But staying healthy and exercising in cold weather has many benefits for both your physical and mental health so push those doubts aside and get your trainers on!
Regular aerobic exercise can improve your immune response and help fight off those winter viruses that have started circulating. The key here is consistency - making sure you take part in regular exercise will keep your immune system nice and strong.
Lift your mood
The winter months have a huge effect on our mental health - shorter days and less sunlight can cause depression or SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Even though you may not feel like getting out of bed a brisk walk will raise those mood lifting endorphins and help dispel the winter blues.
Increase your vitamin D
Getting outside will ensure you get your daily dose of vitamin D - a vital vitamin many of us lack over the winter months.
Improve your endurance
Your heart doesn’t have to work as hard to regulate your body temperature in the cold, as you are able to work out for longer (and at a higher intensity) than when you work out in the heat.
If you find it hard to stay motivated to exercise through the winter months, why not workout with a friend? You’ll spur each other on and exercising with a friend is much more fun. You could also try an outdoor based exercise class such as bootcamp.
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