As winter approaches at a rate a little faster than what we are used too, it is up to us to keep those “winter blues” at bay. During the winter months, even motivated exercises can find it hard to keep with their workouts. And for many of us it can become all too easy to put exercise on hold.
Breathing fresh air is a boon to your body. Outdoor exercise can crank up your energy while decreasing tension, frustration, and depression, according to recent research published in Environmental Science & Technology. As the cold sets in, so the temptation to exercise less and maybe eat a little more, supersedes ones will power.
“All exercise can increase your levels of those feel-good hormones, endorphins,” says Kevin Plancher, M.D., head of Plancher Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in New York City. “But because your body has to work harder in the cold, your endorphin production is boosted even more, leading to a happier state of mind.” Adding to all this exercise boots your immune system, so you may find that you get fewer winter colds.
But it is important for your heart health to continue your routine during the cold-weather months.
Continuing an exercise routine during the winter does not mean you have to stay inside. With the right clothing and proper planning, you can get the most out of your workout, including outside during cold weather.