Did you know that exercising in cold weather may not only help keep extra pounds at bay but it may also help combat the winter blues?
“All exercise can increase your levels of those feel-good hormones, endorphins. But because your body has to work harder in the cold, your endorphin production is boosted even more, leading to a happier state of mind.”1 explained Dr. Keven Plancher, Head of Plancher Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in New York when speaking to Women’s Health magazine. Women’s Health also points out that a workout outside—even when the air is cold—can give you some much-needed sun exposure in the dark winter months, which may boost your mood as well.2
To help you stay motivated and consistent on an Active Wellness lifestyle, here are some tips:
- Eat healthy carbs a couple of hours before strenuous activities to keep your body warm and energetic. This also helps prevent fatigue.
- Do not drink caffeinated beverages before working out, because they can cause dehydration.
- Drink water or beverages with electrolytes before, during and after your workout to avoid cramping and dizziness. The PiMag® Water Bottle is ideal with its built-in water filter.
- Set exercise/weight goals and write them down. Ask your Nikken Consultant for information about our Weight Management Plan to help you. Remember there is FREE SHIPPING on all Weight Management Packs ordered before 31st March 2018.
- Reward yourself periodically as you achieve your goals, but not with food, so you don’t associate pleasure only with edible treats.
- Wear KenkoTherm® Support Wraps to help your muscles and joints stay warm and stable.
Before undertaking any exercise you should be healthy and ensure you dress appropriately for the weather. If you have any health issues you should not exercise in really cold weather. If the temperature drops to below minus 10 Celsius it is advisable to workout indoor instead.