Baby It's Cold Outside...So Let's Get Some Exercise!

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Baby It's Cold Outside...So Let's Get Some Exercise!

Baby, It's Cold Outside...So Let's Get Some Exercise!

By Jennifer Neil

Even though it's tempting to go full 'couch potato' when it's cold and dreary, this is a great time to start (and important time to continue) working out. In fact, there is NO reason you need to take a break from physical activity when the temperature drops.

Exercising in cooler weather has some distinct advantages over working out in the warmer weather. For one, you don’t have heat and humidity to deal with. Winter’s chill can make you feel awake and invigorated. Not only that, you can work out harder in the cold weather—which means you burn even more calories.

Heading outside in the winter is also a great way to take in the sunlight (in small doses). Not only does light dramatically improve many people’s moods, it also helps you get the vitamin D. 

Cold weather exercise may help flush bacteria out of the lungs and airways. This may reduce your chance of getting a cold, flu, or other illness. Exercise causes changes and increase in antibodies and white blood cells (WBC). WBCs are the body's immune system cells that fight disease.

Break it into 10-Minute Sessions! Whether you’re aiming for 150 minutes of moderate or 75 of vigorous exercise - either is recommended by the American Heart Association, you can break it down into 10-minute bouts, sprinkled throughout your day. Ideas:

  1. Walking the dog
  2. Walking at lunch
  3. Walking around the block after dinner
  4. Jumping jacks, lunges and sit-ups
  5. Dancing with your kids 
  6. Housework (constant moving)
  7. Brisk walking at the mall before shopping-great way to also PLAN before you buy

Staying active during the colder months helps you: • Cut your risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. • Extend your life expectancy. • Work toward a healthy weight (or maintain the weight you have). • Have more energy to do the things you love. • Sleep better. • Enhance your mental well being. • Be a great role model for the people in your life. • Be ready to hit the ground running in spring! • Gear up for swimsuit season.

Posted by Loyd McIntosh at 2:57 PM
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