It is tough enough to want to get out of bed in the mornings, let alone get dressed and go outside and exercise when it’s cold. Although daylight may limited, especially during the work week when we are inside most of the day, there are benefits to working out in the cold. So before you throw in the towel for the next few months, I am going to discuss some of the benefits of exercising in the cold, so hopefully you can stay motivated to keep training.
Before I discuss some of the benefits of exercising in the cold, it is important to note that dressing appropriate is necessary. Make sure you have enough layers, made up of appropriate fabrics that keeps the body at a stable temperature will help you function at your best. Just be aware of your surrounding environments; particularly slippery roads and paths.
Benefits of exercising outside:
1. Most of us forget to warm up or do not have time for a proper cool down. However proper warm-up and cool-down routines are important. They help keep us functioning. Warming up and cooling down becomes even more important when it is colder as are muscles are more likely to tighten up. Warming up and cooling down helps keep our bodies loose, and warm which can help prevent injuries. Because warming up keeps our internal body temperature elevated, and cooling down reduces tightness from the chill in the air, we are more likely remember the importance of warm-up and cool-down routines.
2. We have all felt our moods change during the colder weather. Exercising in the cold weather boost our moods. Because we have to work harder in the colder months to get warm and stay warm, our bodies produce more endorphins, the happy hormone, which makes us feel happier after working out in the cold. Exercise can help with the winter blues.
3. When working out in the cold, we have to work a little harder to get warm. As mentioned this helps us create more endorphins but it also makes our heart work harder to appropriately distribute blood throughout our bodies during exercise. For a regular exerciser with cardiovascular endurance, exercising in the cold can make your heart muscles stronger.