It might be the last thing you want to do when you look out of the window and see that it’s raining; or you know that if you’re feeling the cold inside, then it’s going to be even worse outside. However, for your health, it is very important to make sure that you get outside every day and here’s why:
Sunlight Is The Best Way To Get vitamin D
While vitamin D supplements are widely available, studies have shown that sun exposure is still the best way to get vitamin D, your body needs to function correctly. A supplement may help you to get some vitamin D and increase the levels in your body, but they should never replace sun exposure entirely. You only need 10 to 15 minutes of sun exposure daily to get the health benefits for your immune system, bones, teeth, and muscles. You don’t even have to go far if you have a garden then spending time in it can be all you need to do. If your garden needs a bit of work, then this is the perfect excuse to get out there and embrace the weather, and if you need some new grass to make things more comfortable, you can work out or play with the kids on an artificial grass surface no matter the weather, unlike natural grass.
Cold Weather Burns More Calories
It’s quite a common weight loss tip that if you drink cold water, you will burn more calories. This same theory applies to winter weather because if you are cold, it takes more energy to get warm and to stay warm, and that burns more calories. Even if you are not trying to lose weight and don't need to, exercising outdoors is still advisable as it can boost your heart health by encouraging better blood circulation.
Outdoor Exercise In Cold Weather Is Energizing
A snap of cold weather has been scientifically shown to boost your mood, and according to a study from Environmental Science & Technology, your body responds better to exercise when you do it in outdoor environments.
Cold Weather Is Good For Your Heart
As mentioned, the cold weather makes your body work harder, and while you shouldn’t do this all the time, short bursts encourage your body to build stronger systems and muscles. Cold weather forces your heart to work harder to warm your blood and distribute it properly, which means you are strengthening your heart just by getting outside.
Cold Air Helps You Stay Hydrated
Winter air is drying, which is fine long as you drink plenty of fluids, and that shouldn’t be a problem as cold air triggers your body’s impulse to drink more.
Remember, Bad Weather Doesn’t Last Forever
Even if you don't want to, it is good to get outside and enjoy each different season, in summer we complain that it’s too hot, in winter we complain that it’s too cold so rather than focusing on the negative, it’s essential to embrace the seasons and everything each one brings, because spending time outdoors is healthy for humans any time of year.