If you are reading this in the Southern Hemisphere, it's winter. It’s cold. The thought of venturing outside unnecessarily scares you (especially when it is still dark at 6:00 - AM and PM!).
Here at Glow For Life we encourage getting out of your comfort zone regularly. Here are four benefits to being brave, fighting the frostbite and getting out into the elements and training in the cold this winter.
- You will burn more calories. Your body will be working harder to try and regulate your core temperature while you are in the cold. The results will differ for everyone depending on body fat etc, but most people will burn more calories than when they train in the gym.
- You will remember to warm up and cool down. When you decide to get out in the sunshine in the warmer months not much thought is given to your warm up as you are quite warm to begin with. Given you are probably shedding a few layers of clothes to exercise, you will be quite cold. This will ensure you have a nice long and steady warm up and really get the joints moving.
- You will get a dose of Vitamin D. Yes it might be freezing, but the sun still has the same amazing properties as it does in summer. Getting a sufficient amount of Vitamin D is important for normal growth and development of bones and teeth, as well as improved resistance against certain diseases. Vitamin D might play an important role in regulating mood and warding off depression as well as assisting in fat loss.
- Beat the Flu. Staying active and eating well during the winter is your best defence against colds and seasonal flu. Research from the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research in the US found that you’ll cut your risk of man-flu by 20-30% as regular cold-weather training boosts your immune system.
So no excuses for sitting indoors now. Remember to be safe if you are heading out in the cold to train. Stay hydrated and keep warm. Wear layers that are easy to peel off as your core temperature rises and keep those extremities warm.