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How to exercise during winter

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In a society where personal image matters a lot, more and more people want to look good and feel good. The key towards a great, healthy body and creative mind is to exercise as much as possible, eat ”clean” food and avoid stress.

It is hard to keep up with this lifestyle, especially if you work a lot in stressful conditions, you don’t have enough time to eat regularly and the only exercise you can do is jogging in the morning. If this is the case, winter is not your friend; during this season you are tempted to give up on your healthy habits.

Researchers say that even people with thorough fitness routines can be tempted to give up on their hobby during the cold season. This happens because of bad weather, short days, lack of mood caused by the dull atmosphere and other factors.

However, you should keep exercising when sunny days are over because this gives you energy and keeps you healthy throughout the winter. In case you are wondering, there are some tricks that will help you enjoy your exercising adventure even on snow.

Firstly, it is very important to remain motivated. Studies show that during winter our body tends to store more bad fats than during summer, so it’s necessary to keep working out if you don’t want to gain weight. Also, now is the perfect time to lose some annoying kilos since calories are burnt faster if you exercise in less favorable conditions.

Secondly, you can have a lot of fun if you choose to go out in the snow instead of lying in bed all day. You can work out without realizing if you do some winter sports like skiing, ice skating, snowboarding, sledding or even making a snowman. If you are a fan of jogging, you can do this on the snow and you will have better results because your brain and lungs will receive more oxygen and clean air while you run.

Next to these activities, you can participate in group exercises that can be performed indoor like aerobics, Pilates, dance classes or you can go to the gym. Remember that safety should never be neglected, so you always have to warm up your body before the effort, no matter if you choose indoor or outdoor activities. In this way you can prevent accidents.

Thirdly, think about the perfect sports outfit for cold days. When you are outside, you will need a lightweight top made of technical fabric, fleece for dry weather, some leggings, running tights, tracksuit trousers or shorts, a hat, gloves and some waterproof item in case it rains. If you are working out inside, you can use your regular outfit.

Finally, don’t forget that winter is a season that allows you to prepare your body for spring and summer, so it’s time to give it some special attention after the intense workout. You can go to a pool or sauna, make an appointment for a massage session or simply stay at home and read or watch TV.