It’s starting to get cold and when it’s cold it’s really hard to stay motivated about your health and fitness!!
We tend to take on a “Snuggle up” mentality, we eat more and we do less, we hibernate. But we are not bears, we don’t need layers and layers of fat. Whilst our overindulgence feels good it also feeds negativity, too much chocolate, too many roast potatoes…
Don’t be tempted to dive under the covers and hibernate when cold weather hits. It certainly seems like a good excuse but exercising in the cold actually has some cool advantages.
A few options for these winter months at Kernow strength and conditioning. Book some one on one coaching sessions to either focus on getting stronger over the winter or to improve your fitness levels. Sessions are £25 or 10 sessions for £200,these are tailor made to your needs and goals. Contact us here to book your one on one session
Here are 5 reasons to keep your training going throughout the winter months, or 5 reasons to start training.
1. You burn more calories.
This is probably the best and most popular perk. Because your body is working harder your metabolism revs up and your body burns more calories and fat to produce energy for your workout.
2. Your endurance performance increases.
By challenging yourself in the cold weather you are strengthening your heart, lungs, and circulatory system which improves your overall health.
3. Working out in the winter can help fight SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).
Being outside and taking in more sun during the daylight hours helps keep your mind sharp and relieves depression as well as increasing your body’s manufacturing of vitamin D.
4. Exercise can help to boost feel good endorphins which elevate your mood and make you happier!
The cold stimulates your parasympathetic system. (The sympathetic system is known as the “fight or flight” response while the parasympathetic is known as the “relax and renew” system). These endorphins can trigger the release of dopamine and serotonin, neurotransmitters that keep us happy, feeling good and ease depression.
5. It’s invigorating, exciting and energising