When the weather starts to cool down, we often don’t feel like doing much except sit under a blanket and contemplate how lovely it is to feel warm. This can lead to comfort eating as we overindulge on the delicious winter foods that come in with the season, and before we know it our exercise routine has disappeared. Staying active all year round is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, and during winter is no better time to get our bodies moving.
Keep Your System Warm
You know how there are some days, during winter, when you feel like the cold has got all the way into your bones? The only thing that seems to thaw you out is sitting in front of the heater, or fireplace until the warm glow permeates your whole being. But have you ever noticed how if you go for a walk, or do some sort of activity and movement during winter, you don’t feel so cold for the rest of the day? This is because your blood is pumping faster, you don’t feel as cold as you would if you hadn’t moved your body.
Burn More Calories
Yes, it is true, if you exercise when it’s cold, you burn more calories! This is because when you are exercising during winter your body works harder to keep itself warm, and so uses up those stores of what might have become your winter coat. Salisbury Super Sports recommends daily exercise even when it’s cold, but cautions you to wear extra lighter layers, so you can take some things off as you warm up.
Keep Off the Proverbial ‘Winter Coat’
Rather than letting all of your activities go to the dogs during winter and then fighting to lose the ‘winter coat’ when summer comes around, why not focus on maintaining your activities. You don’t have to be doing all the activities that you would usually do when it’s warm, but keeping your body moving during winter can keep the winter coat at bay.
Ward off the Winter Blues
When the weather turns grey, and the sunshine doesn’t seem to poke its head out very often, the dreary winter blues can sometimes appear and cause you to feel miserable. But getting your body moving and active is a sure-fire way to keep those winter blues at bay, so you can enjoy a buoyant mood throughout the colder months of the year.