This months challenge, Arctic500 invites you to engage in 500 minutes of outdoor activity.
What are the benefits of cold weather workouts?
Because your body is working harder, your metabolism revs up and your body burns more calories and fat to produce energy for your workout.
2. Your endurance performance increases.
By challenging yourself in the cold weather, you are strengthening your heart, lungs and circulatory system, thereby improving your overall health.
3. Working out in the winter can help fight SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).
Being outside and taking in more sun during the daylight hours helps keep your mind sharp and relieves depression as well as increasing your body’s manufacturing of vitamin D.
4. Exercise can help to boost feel good endorphins which elevate your mood and make you happier!
The cold stimulates your parasympathetic system. (The sympathetic system is known as the “fight or flight” response while the parasympathetic is known as the “relax and renew” system). These endorphins can trigger the release of dopamine and serotonin, neurotransmitters that keep us happy, feeling good and ease depression.
5. It’s invigorating, exciting and energizing.
Keep it safe, a few simple tips for exercising in the cold:
- Make sure you hydrate before, during and after your workout.
- Wear layers that you can peel off as necessary.
- Wear a hat and gloves.
- Adequately insulate your extremities. The face, fingers and toes are the first to get frostbitten. (Pain or tingling in your ears, fingers or toes is usually a sign it’s time to come indoors and warm up.)
- Beware of ice.
No excuses now! Don’t let the cold keep you indoors this winter. Get outside, get your butt moving and enjoy the extra benefits a cold weather workout has to offer.