- Burning more calories.
Your body is not only burning calories from your workout itself, but also from the energy used in regulating your temperature to keep you warm. Double the burn. It’s a win/win.
- Strengthening your heart.
Just as your muscles and body work hard to keep you warm in the cold, your heart has to work equally hard to keep the blood pumping. Cold weather workouts can really boost your cardiovascular strength.
- Keeping you hydrated.
Contrary to login, you can still sweat a great deal while outside in the cold weather. As your body loses this valuable moisture, your thirst buds kick in and you want a drink. So, if you sweat more, you take in more water, and drinking lots of water is always a good thing.
- Conditioning your muscles.
People tend to be more vigilant about warm-up exercises and stretching in cold weather more so than at other times of the year. Mentally you want to “warm up” when you go outside, no matter what your activity, so your body automatically craves a bit of motion in order to get blood flowing and help adjust to the temperature drop from being indoors. Warming up is a crucial part of any workout or sport, so if it becomes part of your routine during the winter, it will likely stick with you as the seasons change. Warming up keeps muscles limber and flexible and can help reduce the risk of tendonitis and sprains and strains.