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Men, fight the winter blues by exercising outside

Cold weather workouts will keep you in good spirits all winter long.

There are two types of people in winter: those who absolutely love snow and hit the slopes every chance they can get, and those who cringe at the thought of stepping outside once the thermometer reaches below freezing. If you fall into the latter category, we’re here to tell you that it’s time to bundle up, brave the cold, and exercise outdoors to have your best winter yet.

Exercising in cold weather boosts endorphins

Depending on where you live, wintertime can be grey, bleak and rainy. In 2005 a British PR agency, Sky Travel, capitalized on the gloominess and invented a day called “Blue Monday.” It falls on the third Monday of January and is thought to be the most depressing day of the year, due to the fact that the joy of the holiday season has passed and we’re all struggling to motivate ourselves to stick to our New Year’s Resolutions.

Exercise – especially cardio – releases endorphins, which helps you feel happier. When you go for a run in chilly temperatures your body has to work harder, which boosts your endorphin production further, and gives you a double dose of the feel-good hormones.

Being outside provides you with Vitamin D

It can be difficult to get adequate Vitamin D in the winter. Exercising outdoors for at least 15-20 minutes will give you 80-90% of the Vitamin D your body needs. Vitamin D keeps your immune system strong (no flu for you this season!) and helps you feel more energized.

Tips for exercising in cold weather

Dress appropriately: There’s a saying, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.” The key to having a comfortable (and warm) winter workout is to layer up. Dri-Fit clothing is always a great option, otherwise Merino wool is always a good choice for your cold weather workouts. It’s lightweight, wicks away sweat, and helps retain heat. 

Wear sunscreen: UV ray exposure is one of the main causes of premature fine lines and wrinkles. The best way to shield yourself from it (and protect your dashing youthful looks) is to apply sunscreen year-round to both your face and other exposed areas of your body, like your hands.

Listen to good music: You’re going to need an extra boost of motivation to power through the chilly weather, so make sure your playlist is up to date with songs that make you feel empowered.

Cold winter weather may not be as comforting as warm sunny spring days, but we promise that once you get into a habit of working out in it, you’ll quickly see all of its benefits!

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