5 reasons why your body craves winter exercise
By Di Westaway | Chief Adventure Chick Wild Women On Top | Author of Natural Exhilaration
A glass of red, your latest book club novel and a snuggle up on the couch, OR an adventure walk in the wind and rain with the girls? Which would you prefer on a cold winter’s night?
Mmmmm … perhaps the question should be, which would benefit you more?
We all need time to relax and veg out in front of the telly, but a walk in nature will bring you a whole lot more happiness and health.
1. You burn more calories: Because your body is working harder, your metabolism revs up and your body burns more calories and fat to produce energy for your workout.
2. Your endurance performance increases: By challenging yourself in the cold weather, you are strengthening your heart, lungs and circulatory system, improving your overall health.
3. Winter workouts can help fight SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder): Being outside and taking in more sun during the daylight hours helps keep your mind sharp and relieves depression as well as increasing your body’s manufacturing of vitamin D.
4. Exercise can help to boost feel-good endorphins: Endorphins elevate your mood and make you happier, so the more you have the better you feel! The cold stimulates the release of endorphins, dopamine and serotonin, neurotransmitters that keep us feeling good and work to ease depression.
5. It's invigorating, exciting and energising especially when there’s also an adventure to be had: There’s nothing like adding that rosy glow to your cheeks after an intense outdoor winter workout.