Winter-like conditions have arrived in most parts of the country which means running and training has basically become harder. Sure, it is freezing outside. But before you retreat to the treadmill for your run, consider this: chilly temperatures may change unwanted fat into a different kind of fat that actually burns calories.
If you can pull yourself away from that cozy seat in front of the fireplace, you'll reap these five bonus benefits of sweating it out in the cold weather -- and you might even learn to love it. Check them out:
Burn More Calories
Here is one of the best benefits of winter running – you actually burn more calories! When we are cold, we automatically start shivering as this repeated movement provides us with warmth. This means that our body works harder. We use more energy when winter running than in summer because our bodies need that extra fuel to keep us warm.
So next time you are struggling to make it out the door for a run, just think about those extra calories you will burn. It will make getting your running shoes on much more bearable.
Feel Happier, Train Harder
Do you feel a bit of a hermit during winter? Dark evenings and bad weather can leave us feeling lethargic and low. The good news is that outdoor cardio, like running, boosts serotonin levels, leaving us feeling happier and more energetic. The result? You’re likely to be more active for the rest of the day, burning more energy and keeping fat gain at bay.
You’ll Drink More Water
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 less water. 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!
Keep Your Metabolism Going Strong
If you believe in evolutionary theory, our bodies are programmed to preserve our fat stores in the winter, slowing down our metabolisms in direct response to our decreased exercise levels. Running in the cold serves to ‘trick' the body, preventing this seasonal slowdown of metabolism and helping to maintain a healthy weight.
It's Never Too Early To Get Ready For Bikini Weather
Too often, summer hits and people start panicking about the little time they have to get their “summer bodies”. While the cold seems like the best excuse to skip training, it is actually the best time to start getting ready for summer.
“Summer bodies are made in winter” so get out there and go for a run, especially in winter. So not only will it prevent that winter weight gain, come summer, and we will already be prepared.
So, what are you waiting for? Get your best gear (shop here for some) and get to it!