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Hibernating This Winter? But Don’t Ditch Exercising!

Rongana Nath

With the temperature going down, it’s always tempting to sleep for a few extra hours under the warmth of a blanket. No one will dispute that missing out on exercising comes more easily in the winters.  However, like the rest of year, winter calls for some kind of moderate activity. And there are several reasons why skipping it is not a good idea.

Provides More Energy

Exercising actually gives a person more energy, that helps keep away the morning winter blues. People who exercise regularly in the winters are known to have increased energy levels as compared to those who don’t do it. This is because physical activities increase the levels of endorphins, a group of hormones which are naturally produced to cope with pain and stress. It is released in the brain during many situations, one of which includes exercising. Endorphins induce exhilaration and relieve pain in the body.

Improves Mood

Physical activities boost the mood due to the increase in levels of hormones such as endorphins and serotonin. These hormones are known to boost positive feeling in the body. It also improves sleep quality making one feel fresh.

Boosts the Immune System

  • Physical activities can make white blood cells more active in detecting illnesses and neutralizing harmful bacteria and viruses. The primary function of white blood cells is to protect the body by fighting disease.
  • Too much stress can sometimes increase the chances of illness. Exercising can help decrease the production of stress hormones in the body.
  • Exercising can also get rid of bacteria in the lungs and airways, decreasing the risk of suffering from winter-related diseases like cold and flu.
  • Our body temperature rises during exercising. This increases the body’s ability to fight an infection as the temperature rise prevents bacteria from growing.

Prevents Winter Weight Gain

Winters are also when one tends to binge eat and sleep for extra hours. But these habits often mean a few extra kilos. Exercising is one of the easiest ways to shed the extra weight and stay fit.

 

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Checklist Before Exercising!

Warm Up

It is advised to start with less strenuous exercises to make the body feel flexible, enhance blood circulation and oxygen delivery to the cells to prepare the body for a workout session.

Wear Sunscreen and Stay Hydrated

Like summer, one can get sunburned in winter too. The sun may feel warm but can harm you. That’s why one should always apply sunscreen. Similarly, it’s advisable to keep the body hydrated even though one may not feel thirsty as often. Sweating and the dryness in the winter wind can easily make a person dehydrated.

Dress in Layers

Exercising generates ample heat in the body which means one may not have to put on too many warm clothes. Dressing in layers will make it easier to remove some cover while exercising.

Wear Your Mask

The air quality is severe almost all the time so it’s best to wear a mask while exercising. But if the air quality feels bad, it is best to avoid exercising outdoors and workout session indoors.

 

 

Reference
https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/safe-winter-exercise/

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/fitness/art-20045626

https://fusioncardiotoronto.com/fitbitsblogsintoronto/2017/10/27/why-its-important-to-warm-up-before-you-exercise

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Hibernating This Winter? But Don’t Ditch Exercising!