Like many people, you may find it hard to get moving during winter. Often the cool, dark conditions are enough to deter even the most enthusiastic individual.
But working out in nature has several benefits. It can help increase your vitamin D levels, which can help increase your strength, mass and bone density. Being outside in open spaces can also help promote happiness and prevent depression.
Ideal workout locations might include your local park, public ovals or even your backyard.
Exercising in the cold air 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.
It’s also important to remember that warming up and cooling down too quickly may increase your chances of developing a cold, since your immune system is weakened when you experience extreme body temperature changes. In order to keep your immune system strong during your winter exercise sessions, it’s important to wear base, insulating and protective clothing layers.