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Get Your 'Chillier' Sweat On

By Donna Stark

If you think there aren't any health benefits to exercising outdoors in the cold, think again. There are plenty of reasons why you should layer up, step outside, and continue your daily workouts during this time of year. In fact, it is crucial to do so if you want to optimize your overall health and wellness. Plus, if you plan it right, you may actually have a lot of fun! Take a look at just a few of the most important reasons why outdoor workouts are a must during the winter season.

Sunshine and Vitamin D

You've heard about the importance of Vitamin D for your physical health, but have you heard how it can help to keep the winter blues away? Whether you choose to go for a walk, jog, or bike ride, heading outdoors for some of your daily exercise is one of the best ways to get an extra dose of this essential vitamin.

Germ Avoidance

Your local gym probably has a ton of weights and machines to use but there is one thing it offers that nobody wants to get near ... germs. Luckily, those little bugs we try to avoid as much as possible are easy to steer clear of if you take your workouts outdoors. Sure, it may mean you need to wear additional layers of clothes but that is so much better than wearing pajamas for a week because you caught something at the gym.

Connection to Nature

In addition to improving your physical health, exercising outdoors can benefit your mental health as well! Connecting with nature can reduce stress, regulate moods, and improve cognitive function. It's a simple way to bring more balance into your days. Try to work out in a location that stimulates your senses, such as a local park or mountain.

Boosted Immune System

Did you grow up thinking that being out in the cold will make you sick? Well, you aren't the only one! But remember, colds and the flu are caused by viruses, not chilly temperatures, so it's safe to say that you will be just fine when you exercise outdoors. Plus, by increasing circulation, your workout will help your immune cells circulate through your body, which means they can reach and attack those foreign invaders faster.

Get Your Sweat On

Winter is almost here, and the temptation to avoid exercise and hibernate is coming with it so you need to be prepared. End the year on a healthy note by embracing the cold and staying on track with your fitness routine. You'll thank yourself come springtime.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Brookfield, Wis. 

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