Many people that workout outdoors regularly during the summer months experience workout ‘withdrawals’ during the winter season. As the weather gets colder and the air becomes crisper, most people struggle to find the motivation to exercise outside during the winter months.
While the winter season does present challenges to your outdoor workout plans, most of the time it simply requires more creativity and preparation. As the holidays approach rapidly, your children will also soon be off school. They are going to need daily avenues to expend their energy, or they will risk driving you crazy during the holidays.
In the winter, you should take the opportunity to spend time outdoors with your family. Spending time outdoors has many benefits, but we have provided just a few convincing arguments here:
Many studies have shown that time outdoors is directly correlated to stress levels. Those that spend more time outside tend to have lower stress levels, while those that contain themselves inside during the winter can easily become stressed about love, life, and their health. The outdoors provides us with an opportunity to slow down, breathe, and consider where the stresses in our life are coming from.
Incites Natural Body Reactions
Cold air on your body can actually have a profound effect on your body’s ability to handle the changing conditions. Going outside and breathing cold air in through your nose communicates valuable and season-appropriate information to your genes so that your body naturally responds to the demand.
Resets Circadian Rhythms
Many people believe that being outdoors for at least part of the day helps to reset circadian rhythms in your body. Your circadian rhythms are the natural bodily patterns of waking and sleeping in sync with the rising and setting of the sun. Getting in touch with nature can help you get onto a more appropriate sleep pattern.
Promotes Weight Loss
Exercising outside in the winter is also healthy for your body because your body will naturally increase your metabolism in order to adjust to the outside temperature. Exposure to cold winter air also helps to balance hormones and promote weight loss.
Strengthens Head and Heart
Exercising outdoors is a great way to strengthen your heart all year round, as well as increase your respiratory response. Colder, thinner winter air only increases these effects. On a psychological level, exposure to nature tends to incite positive emotions for many of us, while our negative emotions decrease, or fall away entirely.
Those who spend a significant amount of time outdoors will rave about nature’s wonderful gifts. The benefits of natural light and clean, refreshing air will not only improve physical health, but they can also contribute greatly to spiritual and emotional health as well.
All humans possess an innate connection to nature. This connection begins when the body is exposed to the natural elements. Taking your family outdoors to enjoy a variety of activities during the winter will prove both invigorating and revitalizing for everyone!