It is understandable that many people will avoid exercising outdoors during the winter months, and would prefer to go into a sort of hibernation, but it is important to remember to keep up an exercise regime year round. There are many benefits to exercising during the colder months.
One benefit of exercising in winter is that it can help protect against seasonal affective disorder. This disorder includes depressive tendencies that are associated with the late autumn and winter months, caused by a lack of light. Part of what makes people miserable in the winter is being confined. Getting outside regularly to exercise will improve the amount of light you receive every day, which increases the amount of serotonin released. Serotonin is known to improve moods!
Exercising in the cold air also requires extra exertion to raise your body temperature, as does the increased wind resistance that often accompanies winter workouts. Getting out into the fresh air to exercise also helps you to avoid catching the germs that linger in confined environments, including gyms and yoga studios.
However, exercising in the cold does not come without risk. The ground may become icy and increase your chances of slipping, and you may be more exposed to the wind. To minimise this risk, make sure to pick a path or area that is well lit, with stable footing. You should dress in multiple layers, including hats and gloves to minimise wind exposure.