Beat the winter blues with exercise
Motivating yourself for exercise in winter can be difficult when the days are short and the weather is chilly. However, exercising indoors or outdoors can still be hugely beneficial to improving your health and fitness during the winter months. Here’s our guide to blowing away the cobwebs and getting fit in winter:
- After going for a fresh winter run or other outdoor exercise session, you won’t need to be reminded that no matter how much you feel like curling up on the sofa until spring, exercise can really help you shake off the winter blues.
- By exercising outdoors, you’ll get a double-whammy mood boost, enjoying both the physiological and psychological pay-offs of moving the body (like kick-starting a sluggish metabolism and bolstering body image) as well as the proven benefits of being in the natural environment.
- Fresh air and an ‘escape’ from the built-up environment most of us are confined to, are probably part of the explanation why the great outdoors is so great however unspoiled, natural places also have an abundance of negative ions in the air, which are ironically believed to energize and uplift us, as well as help with mental focus.
- You don’t have to do anything as energetic as running to benefit from exercising outdoors, however — a brisk walk, horseback riding or cycling are all great options and the nicer the scenery, the better.
- Indoor or out, there is a great sense of accomplishment to be gained from winter exercise workouts — perhaps because it’s so much harder to motivate yourself to get out there and do it when the weather is harsh and daylight sparse. When you do achieve it, you feel so much better.
- If your prefer exercise activities like jogging, biking and hiking outdoors, you might find your activity level dropping significantly in the winter months. Spring time leads to good intentions to get going again and its summer for some before we kick back into action, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Winter offers some fun exercise options, and the combination of physical exercise and sun exposure can help improve your mood and boost your immune system.
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