Why We’re Skipping Gyms And Exercising Outside This Winter

In our recent post we talked about the benefits of working out during the winter. Yes, gyms are now open in New Jersey, but many of us are sticking to home workouts. If you’re tired of doing the same routine or feeling a little stir crazy, try going outside! Exercising during the colder months has some cool advantages– pun intended. If you do not enjoy the cold, let alone exercising in it, you might thinking about reconsidering!

If you can find the strength within to drag yourself out of hibernation this winter, you will reap these two key benefits of sweating outside.

Mood boost

If you dread the winter and always feel down or depressed, you might have a slight case of SAD, which is short for seasonal affective disorder. According to research published in Psychiatry, 20% of Americans find themselves suffering from severe to mild depression during the cold months. Daily exercise releases feel-good chemicals, which gives you a break from the daily stresses life throws at us and may, in fact, ease up the gloom that is put over the winter months.

Cold-weather exercise is proven to boost one’s mood. Your body works harder to stay warm and the harder your body works, the number of endorphins produced increases, leaving you with a greater sense of happiness following a colder workout. Plus, we can all use a little dose of vitamin D during the winter when the sun doesn’t stay out as long. Thirty minutes of exercising outside a day could change your whole outlook on winter!

Burn more calories

Did you know your body has to work even harder while exercising in the cold? Studies have shown that people expend five times more energy when shivering compared to when they are resting. The increased energy expenditure is because you have to work harder to regular your core temperature among the cold outdoor temperature. Your body is also working harder to send blood flow to all the muscles that are doing the work!

Jo Zimmerman, an instructor in the department of kinesiology at the University of Maryland explains, “you will burn 10 to 40 percent more calories in the cold than you would in more temperate temperatures.” Why not take your activity outside and burn more calories!? Calories burned will vary from each person, but stepping out of your comfort zone and embracing the cold for some exercise can be an excellent morale booster, especially during the pandemic!

Get started today!

You can start feeling the benefits of winter workouts by bundling up and going for a walk. Try getting out before you start your day or on your lunch break!

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