7 Reasons Why You Should Workout During Winter
It may be difficult to get started, but once you do, a winter workout can do wonders for your health. Here at The Fitness Room Honeybourne, we love a winter workout, and with our outdoor training facilities going full steam ahead, here are our 7 reasons why you should embrace fitness this season:
- It boosts your mental health
If you’ve ever suffered from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), or the ‘winter blues’ then a workout is a great way to feel better.
The endorphins that are released when you exercise have been proven to lift mood, and the vitamin D you’ll get from heading outside will also help to beat the blues.
- It keeps you warm
Of course, cranking the heating up and staying under the duvet will keep you warm too, but it certainly won’t increase your physical and mental wellbeing.
Once you get started with your workout and get the blood pumping, you’ll barely even notice the cold, and you’ll still be feeling warm for hours after your session.
- The weather’s more pleasant to train in
After the initial shock of the cold weather wears off, you will find that training in winter can actually be far more enjoyable than the summer months, when the heat can become unbearable and leave you feeling exhausted very quickly.
Unlike in summer, you can layer up to stay warm if you need to and shed layers as and when necessary. Essentially, it’s far easier to regulate your body’s temperature in the winter months than the summer ones.
- It boosts your immune system
Regular exercise has been proven to help boost the body’s immune system and fight off colds and other germs that thrive in the winter months.
You don’t need to start marathon training either, just a short, regular workout for as little as 10 minutes a day can make a big difference.
- You’ll burn excess calories
Most people tend to eat more during the winter months, especially comfort foods like pies and roast dinners, which help to keep the cold out.
The downside to this is that it can lead to rapid weight gain, particularly when coupled with the increased time spent indoors during the colder months.
A regular winter workout can make a big difference when it comes to getting that summer body ready.
- You’ll gain extra energy
Finding the motivation to exercise in winter can be really difficult, but once you do, it can help you to power through the day and you’ll have more energy for longer. This is especially important when the nights are drawing in and it’s pitch black by 4.30pm!
- You will stay in shape
This is probably the single most important reason to workout in winter. With seasonal festivities like Christmas and New Year on the horizon, it’s extremely easy to overindulge on treats during the winter months, and the cold weather can make exercise seem very unappealing.
However tempting it may be to eat and drink to excess over the holiday period, it can make January a whole lot harder to get started. Getting into the habit of staying in shape before the holiday period will stand you in good stead for when it arrives.
Come and talk to us! The Fitness Room Honeybourne offers a friendly, safe gym environment, personal training and meal plans. Call us on 07540 060269 for a free consultation and more information. Let us help you enjoy your winter workouts!