Cold Weather Workouts – Are You Up To It
Only the thought of doing cold weather workouts freezes you instantly, isn’t it? But, however you put it – there is still beauty and benefit in doing some workout when it’s chilling.
Before you restrict yourself by going only to crowded and stuffy gym for the next few months, it may be worth giving the idea of a fall-winter workout a second thought.
Exercisers are often concerned about the internal safety hazards that come along with chilly sweat sessions, but there is surprisingly little to worry about.
Simply suit up accordingly with cold weather workout gear and have enough layers made of moisture-winking fabrics.
Those keep the body at a healthy temperature and functioning, the same way it would in any other workout environment.
Sure, a slippery moment on an icy running path could lead to possible injuries, but, still, exercising outside during fall and wintertime actually delivers many benefits that may not be achieved as efficiently elsewhere.
If you can pull yourself away from that cozy seat in front of the fireplace, a warm apartment or house, you’ll reap these couple of bonus benefits of sweating it out in cold weather, and you might even learn to love it!
There are a lot of benefits cold weather workout can offer, and these are the most common ones.
Burning More Calories
As the body works harder to regulate its core temperature among the elements, you’ll burn a few more calories during your wintry workout – compared to the one indoors.
While the calorie burn varies with each person’s body mass and the extremity of the temperature, it can be a nice booster (especially around the food-focused holidays) to get more out of your sweat session.
Cold weather also makes the heart work harder to distribute blood throughout the body. For unhealthy heart that struggles to manage the additional stress, this process can exacerbate illness and injury.
But a regular exerciser with cardiovascular endurance, can make their heart muscle even stronger with these cold-weather sessions, better preparing the body for more strenuous workouts in the future — not to mention other non-exercise stresses in life.
More Water Intake
Staying hydrated is one of the most important factors in minimizing dangers of cold weather workouts.
The body continues to sweat, but that sweat evaporates more quickly into the chilly, dry air, making it seem as though the body is losing less water.
Drinking water before, during and after cold weather workouts, helps to maintain your peak performance, protect the body from injury and stay warm from start to finish.
Don’t wait to feel thirsty to hydrate!
Built-In Tolerance For The Cold
It can feel downright painful to force yourself out for the first workout of the fall-winter season, but rest assured that over time, it does get easier.
Pay particular attention to the amount of effort you’re putting rather than hitting certain time, distance or other performance goals.
Don’t force yourself.
Try to just enjoy the process.
Remember The Importance Of Warming And Cooling Down Routines
Proper warm-up and cool-down movements are crucial to keeping the body in top fitness shape, but they become even more important when it’s cold outside.
Keeping the body loose, limber and warm for a chilly workout, can help prevent painful twists, sprains, tears and other injuries.
Fall-Winter workouts will encourage you to become a PRO when it comes to full warm-up and cool-down routines, Warm-up will keep your internal body temperature elevated, and the cooling-down will reduce unnecessary tightness inspired by the chill in the air.
Feelings Of Being Happier And Energized
Cold-weather exercise also has the ability to boost the mood and make you feel more energized, thanks to the lack of humidity (which creates that heavy air feeling in the summer months) and the stimulating aspect of the chill.
As the body works harder to stay warm, the amount of endorphin’s produced also increases, leaving you with a stronger sense of happiness and lightness following a workout in the cold weather.
You’ll Get Vitamin D Dosage
It may be cold but it doesn’t mean the extra sun exposure won’t supply you with enough Vitamin D dosage as it does throughout the warmer parts of the year.
However, substantial sunlight in wintertime will give you a good amount of natural light. Just remember to wear your sunscreen even when it’s freezing, after your skin is exposed for 10-15 min.
Don’t let the cold keep you indoors this winter and find that winter workout motivation.
Get outside, get your butt moving and enjoy the extra benefits a cold weather workout has to offer.
No excuses OK?
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