Baby, It’s Cold Outside…Let’s Workout!
Happy Fitness Friday! Did you know cold weather exercise has many health benefits? When temperatures drop, you may be tempted to move your exercise routine indoors or to (gasp) skip your routine entirely. But the cooler weather is actually a great time to get in a good workout. Make sure to dress appropriately (read: layers) and stretch before and after you exercise. Stretching beforehand is extremely important as it helps your muscles warmup before you push them too hard.
Follow these tips to get your best outdoor exercise:
- Cold weather exercise is a calorie-burner. When you’re doing your thing outdoors in the cold, your body has to work harder to maintain a healthy temperature. The number of calories you burn will depend on different factors such as body weight, but overall, you should burn a few more when exercising outdoors as opposed to indoors.
- You’ll be boosting your heart strength. Cold weather makes your heart work harder to move blood throughout your body, which may help maintain good heart health. People with heart issues should converse with their healthcare provider before getting into a cold weather exercise routine.
- Sun exposure means vitamin D production. It’s no secret that the colder winter months means fewer hours of sunshine. Opting to exercise outdoors during those months may be cold, but it gives you more access to the little sunshine that does occur. Any natural vitamin D production during the winter is always a good thing.
- You’ll keep yourself hydrated. You already know how essential proper hydration is to your workout and your overall health. You’ll sweat even when you exercise in colder weather, so drinking plenty of fluids before, during and after your workout will ensure you’re staying hydrated and will promote optimal performance.