For many of us, when cold weather hits, we want nothing more than to curl up under a warm blanket with a cup of hot cocoa and snuggle next to the fireplace.  While that is an enjoyable winter pastime, studies have shown that venturing outdoors when the temperature drops is actually beneficial to your health.

There are many fun winter activities that can uplift your mood while delivering a healthy dose of vitamin D.  For those in snowy climates, there’s bountiful opportunities for skiing, snowboarding, sledding, and outdoor ice skating, to name a few.  These activities get endorphins flowing while taking your mind off the winter chill. Many mountain resorts offer season passes for avid skiers and snowboarders, as well as specials for first timers, which include a rental and lesson.  So don’t allow your fear of never trying something hold you back! Even if you don’t live in an area that’s prone to snow, it’s easy to get out for a walk or run. Or why not hop on a bike for a ride around the park?

According to the CDC, exercising outdoors in the winter can boost your immune system, decreasing the likelihood of contracting a dreaded cold or viral infection.  The cold weather can also leave you feeling more energized, since the bite in the air isn’t likely to leave you dragging your feet for too long! You’ll also burn more calories than you would during a hot summer month, since your body is working harder to keep warm.

Be smart when you head outside for your workout.  Check the weather forecast and always apply sunscreen, no matter the temperature.  Dress in layers, that way you won’t overheat, and don’t forget a hat and gloves! If you have health conditions which may limit your ability to exercise in cold weather, please check with your doctor beforehand.

So grab your gear, a couple of friends, and embark on a cold weather adventure!  We promise tribers, you’ll thank us later!☺

 Source: “Skip the gym this season: Why exercising in cold weather is so beneficial for your health.”  AccuWeather.com, 3 Nov. 2017, www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/skip-the-gym-this-season-why-exercising-in-cold-weather-is-so-beneficial-for-your-health/70003175.