It can be tough to find the motivation to exercise outside during the cold months and even though the weekend sunshine is much appreciated, it doesn’t do a lot to warm up the wintery surroundings.
Before you restrict yourself to the inside of a gym for this Autumn/Winter, it may be worth considering cold weather training. There are some distinctive advantages to training in the cold weather- for one, you don’t have the heat to deal with. The chilly weather can actually make you feel awake and invigorated.If you can manage to pull yourself away from your cosy blanket, you’ll reap these extra benefits of sweating it out in the cold.
Burn more calories
Working out in cold temperatures increases metabolic rate, which means you could burn some extra calories. How many calories you burn varies depending on body mass and temperature- but this is definitely a morale booster to get more out of your workout!
Drink more water
It’s just as important to stay hydrated whatever the weather, but in the cold winter months sweat evaporates quickly and so we might not notice how much we are sweating. So because we don’t feel hot, there is less of an urge to drink. Drinking water pre, during and after your workout not only helps maintain optimum performance, but protect your body from injury.
You’ll get an extra boost of Vitamin D
The more time you spend indoors during daylight hours, the less opportunity you have to expose yourself to sunlight and get your dose of Vitamin D. Although it might be cold, that doesn’t mean the sun exposure won’t supply you with the same nutrients it does during the warmer months.
Improve your mood
Exercising in nature has benefits that you just cannot gain by exercising indoors. A lot of research has been carried out to show running outdoors has a positive effect on well-being and self-esteem.
As your body works harder to stay warm, the amount of endorphins produced increases, leaving you in a better mood after a workout in the cold weather.
Strengthen your heart
In the same way that the rest of your system works harder in the cold weather, your heat works harder to distribute blood throughout your body. For the majority of active people, this extra pressure on the heart is a positive thing- you’ll build your strength and stamina for the future.