Fall weather is welcomingly crisp; but once winter weather arrives, many are more than happy to stay inside, bundled up with a warm cup of tea. However, training in cold weather can do wonders for your health and fitness. Here are a few reasons why you may want to brave the cold.
Brighten Your Mood
The winter blues aren’t a myth. Sunlight levels drop during the wintertime, which can prevent people from feeling their happiest. Exercise is a great mood-booster and a much needed one during the wintertime. Those who suffer from depression or seasonal depression may find relief from exercising outside in the fresh air. If it’s sunny, Vitamin D from the sun can instantly boost your mood.
Build Your Stamina
Outdoor physical activity during the winter is particularly challenging and can increase your endurance and stamina as a result. Training in the winter can improve your overall health and fitness, making it easier to maintain your physical activity levels when the weather is more enjoyable.
Improve Your Immune System
Winter is prime time to catch a nasty virus, so your immune system needs all the help it can get. Exercise can improve your immune system, making it easier to ward off infection should it arise. Working outside in the fresh air as opposed to in a gym can also help you avoid germs or bacteria commonly contracted using gym equipment or facilities.
If you’re trying to lose or control your weight, working out during the wintertime is an excellent approach. During the cold weather, your body holds onto calories more tightly – a survival technique derived from ancestors, but no longer needed in the modern world. In addition to the body’s natural tendency to carry more weight during winter, people tend to consume more calories over the holidays.
Fortunately, training in cold weather encourages more calorie burning. Due to the cold, your body has to work harder to maintain its normal core temperature. This extra work boosts your metabolism, which – you guessed it – burns more calories and fat.
It’s especially difficult to find the motivation to workout outside when it’s cold, snowy, and icy, but cold weather workouts have many benefits. If you want to improve your mood, stamina, immune system, and ability to maintain or lose weight, consider developing an exercise routine during the colder months. If you wish to diversify your winter training efforts, join us at PumpFit Club in Fort Lauderdale. Our High Intensity Interval Training classes are most beneficial and can help you shed that unwanted holiday weight. Contact us today to find out how you can get your first three classes free!