Winter Exercising Works Wonders
By Dr. Bruce Theall
February 09, 2015
Category: Exercise
Tags: footwear   sports   exercise  

The bone chilling winter weather can bring on a welcoming challenge to exercise buffs everywhere. Many people, understandably, want to hibernate in colder weather. But for some people winter is not an impediment but an opportunity to push ourselves a little harder to run, bike and even swim outside. Outdoor exercise might save you the price of a gym membership and as long as your careful, offers benefits for body and mind. For one thing , outdoor exercise can help fend off seasonal effective disorder. The feeling of being miserable due to being confined in the winter. Getting outside can brighten your outlook on things. The greater the light in your environment, the more serotonin releases in the brain, and that is known to be a very potent mood regulator.

Aside from the cool winter air getting into your lungs while exercising being quite refreshing and stimulating. Running outdoors can also be extremely invigorating. The benefits of outdoor winter exercising is also physical. Exercising in the cold requires extra exertion to raise your body temperature, burning more calories than comparable exercising indoors. Wind resistance adds an extra challenge. Exercising outdoors also means avoiding gym germs, due to the fact of several people sweating in close quarters, using the same equipment and lockers rooms making gyms a good place for picking up potential pathogens. To avoid such pathogens getting dressed properly from head to toe and getting out in the fresh air will help keep you away from the potential of picking up someone’s cold in the gym during the winter.

  While enjoying your outdoor winter exercising it is important to keep you feet and ankles healthy, which act together as accelerators, steering, brakes, and shock absorbers during winter exercising. Without warm, dry clothes, any wintertime outdoor activity is a potential health risk so making sure you have the proper gear on is essential. Proper footwear--insulated, waterproof boots or shoes--is as important as coats, hats, or gloves in the outdoors during the winter. Socks are also important. Podiatric physicians recommend a single pair of thick socks made of acrylic fibers, or a blend including them, that "wick" away moisture caused by perspiration in the boot. Feet soaked in snow should get back indoors quickly. In sub-freezing temperatures, soaked feet are in immediate danger of frostbite, a serious, painful condition that can result in loss of toes.  Although there are some risk exercising in the cold, those risks are much smaller if your re properly prepared. Don’t let the bitter chill of the winter stop you from your daily regime of exercise, get out there and tackle the day.