For most, trying to get in shape prior to Christmas or at the beginning of the New Year can be a grueling task and one which poses a big problem for people kicking off their new diet program.
However, the benefits of getting in shape during the winter you could argue far outweigh those of exercising during the warmer months.
Getting in Shape Key Winter Benefits:
1. Eradicate winter blues
First of all, however successful you are at making in-roads into your personal diet plan, getting out there and bracing the conditions relieves the winter blues and can be far more exhilarating than exercising in a warmer climate.
2. Burn fat much faster
Second, due to the harsher conditions, you will burn off the excess fat far faster in order to maintain the correct body temperature.
3. Sleep like a baby
Third, you will sleep beautifully and find yourself going to bed earlier, thus feeling more refreshed the following morning.
4. Get a beautiful winter glow
Fourth, fitness training in winter adds a healthy glow to your skin that is immediately noticeable and while some people might be slightly envious, that envy may be an encouragement for them to get in shape.
5. Lower UV risk
Fifth, you reduce the risk of UV damage to the skin depending on your climate, while preserving the use of vital vitamins to protect the skin.
6. Increase performance
Sixth, and more importantly - training in the cold generally increases your performance; (unless you're training seriously for a race in tropical conditions).
Interestingly, it's been concluded that running a marathon in 10 celsius plus causes times to fall dramatically and that the fastest time in which a marathon should be run is approximately at only 5 celsius.
7. Speed freeze benefits
Seventh, termed the "speed freeze", running in sometimes icy cold conditions trains your body to use more oxygen efficiently, where after regular cold workouts can increase running speed by up to 29%.
8. Reduce risk of seasonal flu
Eighth, research demonstrates that contrary to older beliefs that it will enhance your chances of getting sick - exercising in the winter reduces your risk of cold weather flu by 25-30%.
9. Combat seasonal affective disorder
Ninth, known as SAD, seasonal affective disorder is to some considered more of a thematic condition than just the winter blues.
It can occur in any season with regular continuity and heightened conditions may leave to anxiety attacks.
Getting in shape during the winter months should eliminate such mood swings.
10. You'll look fantastic in the summer!
After all this hard work and all the benefits you have experienced and earned mentally, physically and spiritually - you will be in great physical shape when summer comes around and have even more of an infectious attitude to get out more and experience life.