6 Reasons Why Working Out in Winter is Essential
Have the winter blues got you feeling unmotivated?
Winter is here and it’s cold and when it’s cold it can be hard to stay motivated about your fitness!!
We tend to take on a “Snuggle up” mentality, we eat more and we do less – human hibernation! But we are not bears, we don’t need to store layers and layers of fat. And for this reason whilst our overindulgence feels good all of a sudden, after too much couch potato time and some extra overeating…there’s need for a baggier top, we have low energy levels and loss of motivation.
Winter brings the cold, the blues and isolation.
So consider the following.
Exercise in winter can provide more benefit than exercise during the rest of the year because it specifically answers our winter body needs.
Here are the top 6 reasons to keep exercising when the temperature drops.
1. The sunshine vitamin keeps you healthy, strong and happy.
There’s a reason it’s called the sunshine vitamin. While there are a limited number of foods that can provide your body with vitamin D, the easiest source is from exposure of bare skin to sunlight.
During summer a short exposure of 10-15 minutes is plenty, but in winter, sunshine can be harder to come by, especially if you are snuggled up indoors. So that’s why it’s VERY important to get outside and get moving and smile at the sun!
Sunshine makes strong bones and muscles, looks after your skin and keeps your immune system strong. It can also boost positivity and help you feel happier!
2. Get your blood flowing and keep warm
Save electricity and an expanding waistline by heating your body up naturally with a workout. The rise in your body temperature, during a workout, has a soothing, calming effect on your body, not unlike a long soak in a warm bath or lying in front of the heater.
Yes, its cold when you first step outside, but if you layer up (daggy doesn’t matter) and get moving you will be hot within no time at all! And we mean HOT!
3. Maintain your health during flu season
Research has shown time and again that regular exercise strengthens your immune system so it can better fight off the flu. This becomes particularly important in winter when colds and flu rear their ugly heads.
When you exercise and get your blood pumping, immune cells circulate through your body more quickly helping them seek and destroy infections. But this boost only lasts for a few hours, so exercise needs to be regular for long-term effects.
4. Beat the winter blues
Whether it’s the usual winter blues or the more serious SAD (seasonal affective disorder) putting a gloom over the colder months. A daily workout releases feel-good, de-stress brain chemicals, gives you a break from the daily grind and helps ease depression. Plus, if you combine exercise with the great outdoors you can cheer yourself up even more.
We know that after exercise, the brain releases the “feel-good” chemicals serotonin and dopamine, which can help to reduce anxiety and depression while boosting wellbeing. 45 minutes in the day could change your whole outlook on winter!
5. Take a deep breath
Being cooped up with nothing but heaters to keep the air moving means fresh air is much harder to come by in winter! Generally, the air outside is healthier then that inside so going for a walk or run outside gives your lungs a chance to detox and breathe deeply without concern for breathing in other people’s bugs. Check out our tips on meditation.
6. Avoid winter weight gain
In the colder months it is so easy to turn to comfort food, because it’s so satisfying and it makes us feel good, well for a little anyway, and then we feel guilty. It’s so easy to become a hibernating bear! No wonder it’s known as the ‘winter weight gain’ period. The average person puts on up to 4 kg. The only way to make up for those added treats is to increase the amount of exercise you’re doing and go back to healthy eating habits.
We hope we have inspired you. Getting up and out and moving with Live Life Get Active is easy. We are in the park soon and have daily live-stream workouts and on-demand workout videos ready for you now.
So if you are looking for a bit of motivation and a buddy to push you on in these winter weeks, then register today, book in and say goodbye to the hibernating bear!!!