How to Stay Active Outside When the Weather Gets Colder
Getting in your daily dose of exercise is easy when the sun is shining and it’s nice and warm outside. But when winter sets in and it’s dark most of the day it’s enough to put most of us off. Keeping up with your exercise routine or getting started with one is vital in helping with those winter blues, preventing weight gain, and overall keeping you motivated during the colder months.
There’s no reason you need to take a break from physical activity when the temperature drops. In fact, exercising in cooler weather has some advantages over working out in warmer weather.
Advantages of exercising in colder weather-
- No heat or humidity to compete with. The sharp chills will make sure you are nice and awake getting your blood pumping for your workout.
- Exercise boosts your immunity. During the typical cold and flu season, it can be a great immune booster for preventing bacterial and viral infections.
- Chilly activities help people avoid those winter blues, get a dose of vitamin D, and enjoy nature.
- When we’re cold, our body must pump blood around our body harder to keep us warm. Add exercise into the mix and your heart works twice as hard, making it a great cardiovascular workout.
Trying indoor exercise-
Going out for exercise can require all of the layers which can be more hassle to put on than it is worth. Instead of having to face the elements outside you could bring your workout indoors. For some tips on setting up your own home gym, we have the perfect blog for you. CLICK HERE
Sign up for a challenge-
Whether it is undertaking the NHS Couch to 5K plan or signing up for a charity marathon, having a goal can give structure to your exercise routine. Whatever your motivation and fitness level, there are numerous goals you can set to keep you active.
Keep track of your training-
Documenting your fitness journey is a great way to keep on track of your activity and make sure that you are holding yourself accountable in the colder months.
Check out our blog post on documenting your fitness- https://www.jllfitness.co.uk/blog/5-important-reasons-to-document-your-fitness-journey
Give yourself a rest-
Rest and recovery are important, especially if you are doing intensive exercise or building on your fitness. Be it a hot drink or a warm bath to soothe your cold bones, having a reward to look forward to can be key on cold, miserable days.