Let’s face it no one likes the cold, wintery months. However, there are so many benefits to getting outside during the these months. If you can pull yourself away from that cosy couch for even just 30 minutes a day, you will start to see a change to you overall well-being. Before you know it you will be craving the outdoors. Trust us!
Take a look at the top 5 benefits of getting outside this winter
1. Get some Vitamin D
Although the winter can be very dark and gloomy, there is a surprisingly large amount of sunshine that still appears every day (even if it is peeping through the clouds). We need to make the most of this sunshine and allow our bodies to absorb the vitamin D. So get out for 10-15 minutes a day and get moving! We need vitamin D for the development of stronger bones and to keep our immune system strong.
2. Stay Active
When you exercise you increase the pace of the blood pumping around your body. It allows the blood to circulate through the body quickly and increases your ability to have a strong immune system. So avoid sitting on the couch this winter and resist the unhealthy temptation of wine and chocolate. Just think about it, for every glass of wine you drink, you will need to do 30 minutes of walking to burn off those calories. The cold allows you to burn more calories, which is an added bonus to help you avoid those winter gains.
3. Stay Healthy
By getting active and getting outdoors we are helping ourselves to stay healthy. Staying healthy allows us to destroy infections quickly and prevents us from being attacked by the winter colds and flu.
4. Beat the ‘Winter Blues’
The more you get yourself outside the happier and more energized you will feel. So beat those winter blues this year and combine exercise with the great outdoors to cheer yourself up. After at least 20 minutes of exercise outside it has been proven that there is a large amount of endorphins released. These ‘feel-good’ chemicals can help reduce anxiety and depression while boosting your overall happiness.
5. Stronger Heart
The cold weather prepares your body for more strenuous workouts. This as a result increases your heart muscle and makes it even stronger to help you manage stress and prevent illness and injury in the future.