If you have trouble finding the motivation to exercise in general, then winter is likely your most challenging season for staying fit.
The short, dark days and the cold conspire to keep you indoors. However, there are several excellent reasons why winter may be the best time for exercising outdoors.
Anyone who is determined to be ready for beach and bikini season may gain the most benefit from bundling up and getting outdoors right now.
Take a look at these reasons why exercising outdoors is best in the winter.
1. YOUR BURN MORE CALORIES TRYING TO KEEP YOUR BODY WARM
The cold temperatures outdoors are your friend when it comes to burning excess calories. Your body is forced to work harder to regulate your core temperature, and this means that you can’t help but burn more calories outdoors than you would with an indoor session. If you’re still trying to shed some holiday weight gain, then it’s time to head outside and do the Bikini Body Guide.
2. THE COLD TEMPERATURE WILL STIMULATE MORE FAT BURNING
Outdoor workouts in the winter are a great fat-burning option too. Studies suggest that the cold
temperatures will stimulate the brown fat in your body. Unlike the bad white and yellow fat, brown fat is actually beneficial to you. That’s because it actually attacks the bad fats that tend to accumulate in places like the belly and thighs.
Cold-weather exercise may increase the ability of brown fat to burn bad fat in your body by 15 times. If that doesn’t motivate you to get outdoors during the winter, nothing will.
3. YOU CAN EXERCISE LONGER
While the hot, humid air of summer might make you feel tired, the cold, drier air of winter can help you feel energized. You just might be able to enjoy a longer, more vigorous workout during the winter, which translates to more calories burned and more back fat lost.
That’s especially true when you focus on light to moderate cardiovascular exercise. Unlike the higher intensity workouts that you may enjoy in the summer, these winter training sessions are more likely to be anaerobic instead of aerobic.
You may not be able to sustain the intensity over a long period, but you’ll probably hit your peak intensity several times in a single session.
4. OUTDOOR TRAINING ENERGIZES YOU AND BOOSTS YOUR MOOD
While home workouts and going to the gym are great, exercising outdoor have their own unique benefits.
Being exposed to sunlight in winter gives you a welcome dose of vitamin D. This critical nutrient is helpful for building strong bones and guarding you against heart disease and weight gain. It can also help with depression symptoms.
Just remember to protect yourself with sunscreen after exposing your skin to UV rays for 10 or 15 minutes.
In addition to giving you a vital dose of vitamin D, outdoor training in the winter can also boost your mood.
The cold air can be stimulating, and as your body works harder to get warm, you’ll get a complementary shot of endorphins.
In fact, you feel a bigger flow of endorphins than you do with an indoor or temperate-weather workout.
Those endorphins are important because they can give you a happy feeling that lasts for hours. In the months where Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, makes many people feel gloomy, outdoor workouts can improve or even eliminate the symptoms of the disorder.
5. IT’S GOOD FOR YOUR LUNGS
When we spend all of our time indoors, we tend to breathe recycled air that can be filled with all sorts of bacteria, germs and toxins. This includes the time you spend sweating at the gym or sitting in front of a computer at work. However, an outdoor training session gives you an opportunity to enjoy a breath of fresh air.
Outdoor air tends to be healthier than indoor air. Simply put, it’s not subjected to the same level of unhealthy additives as what is found indoors. Pollutants in outdoor air are a reality, but they are dispersed to such a minute level that they are less likely to do you harm. Outdoor exercise just might help you avoid common winter ailments like colds and the flu.
6. YOUR HEART WILL GET STRONGER
Heart disease is the number one killer in the U.S., but the stronger your heart is, the less likely you are to be troubled by this illness. Fighting off heart disease and related illnesses motivates millions of people to work out every year. However, not enough of them are exercising outdoors in the winter.
When temperatures plunge, your heart has to work harder to pump blood through your body. This means that a cold-weather workout is an excellent method for giving your heart some true exercise. Regular, outdoor training in the winter will better prepare your heart for later training sessions and help to protect you against heart disease.
However, it’s important to remember that exercising in cold weather may put you at greater risk if you already have heart disease. Consult with a doctor before you take your training outdoors in winter.
JUST GO OUT
By now you should be pretty convinced that while indoor workouts are great, adding outdoor training sessions in the winter might be just what you need to get in shape for beach and bikini weather. Layer up, and get outside today.
This is a guest post by Lisa Green of GymPerson.com where she is showing people how they can work out at home and build their own home gym with minimum budget.