Exercising outdoors helps beat the winter bluesPosted: Updated:
Looking for a way to beat the winter blues and work off that holiday pudge? Then, take yourself outside!
Research shows exercising in cold temperatures can actually boost your calorie-burning potential 45 percent, as your body works harder to keep your core temperature up.
According to officials, your metabolism can also increase significantly during this time. It’s also no surprise that by going for brisk outdoor workouts, you're also increasing your mood.
So if you tend to suffer from seasonal depression during limited daylight hours, experts say to get your sweat on. They say your energy levels will increase too.
But as you partake in some cold weather fitness, experts warn to be mindful of your body. Do not risk frostbite or exposure if it is too cold.
Drink plenty of water. Even if you don't think you're sweating, you are, and you need to stay hydrated.
Also make sure you keep your skin protected. The sun’s harmful rays are still strong.
So while you might be tempted to wrap yourself in a warm blanket and binge watch TV all winter, make sure you fit in some exercise between episodes.