For a lot of people, the depths of winter can be a really hard time to get outside on a regular basis. Sure it's easier to take a quick jog in the summer than it is when there's a couple feet of snow piled up at your doorstep, but getting outside and getting your heart rate up is just as important in the cold months as it is in the warmer ones. Here are some of the reasons why it's a great idea to get outside more this winter:
1. Your workout will get a boost in colder weather. In a hot environment, your core can overheat and make it difficult to sustain intense cardio workouts for longer periods of time. Your body will likely be able to take on more rigorous - and longer - workouts in colder temps. Despite what you may think, that makes it an ideal time to start training for that marathon you signed up for in the summer!
2. After weeks of dark, cold days, it's normal to start feeling groggy and sluggish. But regular exercise can help improve your energy levels throughout the day and consequently, help you sleep more soundly at night. Even a morning walk around the neighborhood with your pup helps.
3. We all suffer from feeling the winter blues from time to time, which makes getting a bit of fresh air that much more important. It's proven that time in nature helps reduce stress and improve mood. Instead of skipping your daily run when it's cold outside, bundle up with the appropriate gear.
4. Why not make the most of the colder, quieter months and challenge yourself to try a new sport like downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or ice climbing. It's also a great time of year to take advantage of fewer crowds at your local National Parks.
5. The real clincher? Earning that steaming mug of hot cocoa after a long run, ski on the slopes or a hike through the woods. Nothing beats it.