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Don’t let the winter weather stop you from pounding the pavement. Below are some good reasons that running in cold weather is actually good for you.
First off, it’s the ideal weather for running. Believe it or not, cold weather is actually ideal for your run, The colder the weather, the less heat stress on the body, which makes it significantly easier to run. Running in hot and humid weather is extremely taxing on the body there is a reason why the majority of marathons are held in October and November. Also, running is a great tool for preventing winter weight gain. Getting yourself to the gym is a challenge in itself (especially during winter months), and a treadmill at home can become boring, which is why it’s enjoyable to run outdoors. It’s free, convenient, and never dull. We tend to move less and eat more in the colder months and running burns significant calories and is therefore a powerful tool in maintaining and even losing weight during winter.
Running can help prevent Seasonal Affective Disorder. When the days get shorter and the temperature decreases, many people suffer from Seasonal Affect Disorder and running helps release powerful hormones that help combat this depression, increasing positive mood states during the cold weather months. And taking your run outdoors helps boost your mood even more. Running will keep your metabolism going strong. From one angle, our bodies are programmed to preserve our fat stores in the winter, slowing down our metabolisms in direct response to our decreased exercise levels. Running in the cold serves to ‘trick’ the body, preventing this seasonal slowdown of metabolism and helping to maintain a healthy weight.
Lastly, it’s never too early to get ready for swimsuit weather. Many people wait to run until the weather warms up, attempting to get beach-body ready when it’s too late. Maintaining your regular routine, no matter what the weather, keeps excuses at bay and helps you stay on track for weight loss (or maintenance) all year round.
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