No matter the season, breathing fresh air gives your body, brain, and spirit a boost! Outdoor exercise can increase your energy while decreasing tension, frustration, and depression. In the winter, exercise can be more invigorating, thus having an intensified positive effect on your body. All forms of exercise can increase your level of those “feel-good” hormones known as endorphins. Because your body has to work harder in the cold weather, your endorphin production is boosted even more, which can lead to a happier state of mind. Plus, exposure to natural light is a known depression fighter, especially for Seasonal Affective Disorder, a condition brought on by the shorter, darker days.
Cold weather exercising does have it challenges. You should be prepared and take steps to be safe: