Benefits Of Exercising In The Cold
Make sure you suit up appropriately with enough layers made of moisture-wicking fabrics, which keeps the body at a healthy temperature and functioning the same way it would in any other workout environment. If you can pull yourself away from that cozy seat in front of the fireplace, you’ll reap benefits of sweating it out in the cold weather — and you might even learn to love it.
Cold weather also makes the heart work harder to distribute blood throughout the body. For an unhealthy heart that struggles to manage the additional stress, this process can exacerbate illness and injury. But a regular exerciser with cardiovascular endurance can make their heart muscle even stronger with these cold-weather sessions, better preparing the body for more strenuous workouts in the future — not to mention other non-exercise stresses in life.
2- You Will Drink More Water
We don’t often associate cold-weather exercise with dehydration. The body doesn’t get as hot, and sweat evaporates more rapidly in the cold air. Thus, we’re tricked into thinking we aren’t losing fluids as rapidly. Staying hydrated is one of the most important factors in minimizing the dangers of cold-weather workouts. The body continues to sweat, but that sweat evaporates more quickly into the chilly, dry air, making it seem as though the body is losing lesswater.
Drinking water before, during and after cold-weather workouts helps maintain peak performance, protect the body from injury and stay warm from start to finish.
Don’t wait to feel thirsty to hydrate!
3- You Will Get A Dose Of Vitamin D And Feel Energized
Cold-weather exercise also has the ability to boost one’s mood, thanks to the lack of humidity (which creates that heavy air feeling in the summer months) and the stimulating aspect of the chill. As the body works harder to stay warm, the amount of endorphins produced also increases, leaving you with a stronger sense of happiness and lightness following a a workout in the cold.