Working out in the winter might sound like a chore, but the truth is that it can actually be one of the best times to get a sweat on. Here, we’re going to explore the hidden benefits, as well as why it can be important, to keep up with your routine despite the chill.
You’re storing more, so you burn more
The body stores more fat in the winter and it’s not just because we’re more likely to head for some comfort foods. Our natural instincts kick in and our bodies try to maintain a comfy layer of calories, but that might not be what you want. When it’s colder, our bodies also burn up more calories to keep us warm, maximising the effectiveness of exercising in the winter. Not to mention, there are few better ways to warm up than getting active.
It’s a good morale booster
The days are getting colder and shorter, both of which can be a bit of a downer. In general, people report feeling less happy and there are more cases of depressive episodes in the winter, too. Exercise is perfect for producing endorphins and serotonin, neurotransmitters that make us feel happier and even improve our sleep, so there’s never been a better time for that mood boost.
Working out in the winter isn’t just more effective, it can help you miss all the bugs, not to mention the blues, that come with the season. Just remember to wrap up in plenty of breathable, lightweight layers or, better yet, come into the gym and stay out of the cold.