Did you know that winter is the best time year for exercise?

15 Nov 2023
Winter-time can be your time to shine! Hit the gym, try something new, take a new class or two, and chat with trainers about what suits you. Your summer body will thank you for it!

Many of us feel like staying indoors until the weather warms up and the days become longer and sunnier when the temperature outdoors dips. Exercise will usually take a back seat too. But if you can be brave in chilly winters, then exercising in the cold can be beneficial for both your body and mind. In addition to improving endurance and preventing seasonal affective disorder, exercising in cold weather is necessary for the human body. Regular exercise in the winter helps us build the body we feel more confident in. Here are some benefits of exercising in the winter:

1. Burn More Calories
The cold temperature will maximize your caloric burn regardless of the type of exercise you perform, so think of a winter workout as a supercharged version of your typical sweat session. This is because in winter, the body has to work much harder to maintain a stable core temperature. Your metabolism speeds up while your body strives to stay warm, burning more calories and fat as a result.

2. Boost the immune system
In many different ways, exercise is closely linked to how well our immune system functions. According to research, regular exercise is linked to lower rates of the flu, pneumonia, and even mortality. Only a few people avoid being sick with the common cold or the flu when winter's grip tightens on us all. As germs and viruses spread throughout society at this time, they became more frequent. Exercise can not only help you manage any cold or flu symptoms, but it will also lower your risk of getting sick.

3. Intake of Vitamin D
Due to our increased indoor time during the winter, vitamin D deficits are even more prevalent. By exercising outside, you'll get enough vitamin D to protect your bones from diseases and other health issues as well.

4. Keeps You Warm
Exercise produces a large quantity of heat, which can make it feel much warmer than it actually is. However, as your sweat evaporates, your body loses heat, leaving you feeling chilly. The quickest approach to warming oneself up after being shocked by the frigid air is to start moving, since exercise gets your blood flowing.

5. Breathing Fresh Air
Any moderate-intensity exercise places strain on your heart and lungs, causing them to work to their full potential. Both the heart's blood flow and lung airflow are enhanced. One may go outside and take in fresh, clean air while exercising. Breathing in recirculated air from heating is a significant factor in the increase in illness during the winter months (especially when someone is sick). So make sure to exercise outside in fresh air with proper warm clothes.

A new season offers a chance to refresh your workout routine. During the winter, gyms are often quieter, giving you more opportunities to try new things and step out of your comfort zone. Classes are less busy and often don’t have the waiting lists they might have in the summer, so it’s a great chance to try something new. During the winter, gyms are encouraging more attendance, and therefore you may even get a better deal on memberships and classes. A whole world of opportunity is opening for you this winter because fewer people are using the gyms, so take advantage of it!