Tips on Exercising outside in Winter
There is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing!……
It’s natural that as the dark nights draw in and temperatures begin to drop, some people will be tempted to hang up their exercise gear and hibernate? But did you know exercising outdoors in winter has shown to burn far more calories than exercising indoors!
Staying active throughout winter will also help beat those seasonal blues and keep you in tip top health.
And if that wasn’t enough, here’s 5 more great reasons why exercising outside is better for us:
Endorphins – people who train outside experience higher levels of post exercise endorphins (the thing which makes us feel good!) but did you know they also act as natural pain-relievers!
Fresh Air – sounds obvious but it’s benefits are bigger than you think. Not only is it invigorating and refreshing the high oxygen levels generated by fresh air increase efficiency of almost all the reactions in your body – from weight loss, improved sleep, reduced anxiety and lowering your resting heart rate, they are all accelerated by fresh air.
Serotonin – helps you feel calm, alert and able. Exposure to the outdoor world boosts serotonin.
Vitamin D – this comes from natural sunlight which helps promote the absorption of calcium providing strength to the bones, reducing inflammation and boosting the immune system.
Variety- exercising outdoors gives you far more flexibility to perform exercise routines and work muscles functionally.
So next time you think about missing a session because it’s a bit cold or wet, get your outdoor kit on and get out there knowing that you will be burning far more calories than someone sweating it out in a gym!