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Cardio in Cold Weather? Yes or No? [Poll]

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When it’s cold outside, and you’re warm in bed, it can be hard to get up for that early morning run. Not to mention the shorter winter days that make it seem like it is midnight at 5:30 in the afternoon. Getting motivated to get outside can be a challenge.

However, some people can’t wait to get out in the cold weather and get going. They live for a run, walk, or ride in the brisk weather. What do they know that the rest of us don’t?

Cardio in Cold Weather Pros

Cardio in cold weather makes your cardiovascular system work harder. If you are a regular exerciser, your winter runs will keep your heart in good shape. Although it may seem counter-intuitive, cardio in the cold weather boosts your immune system. The cold weather makes your immune system work harder and better prepared to fight off viruses and bugs.

Exercise elevates your mood at any time of year but is particularly effective at chasing the winter blues away. Even though you feel like you are sweating less, your metabolism is working harder. Cardio in the cold weather maxes out your calorie burn and kicks your metabolism into overdrive.

Cardio in Cold Weather Cons

Although cardio in cold weather has benefits, it also has some downsides. Outdoor cardio enthusiasts need to plan before they go on that run in frigid weather conditions. Icy weather can aggravate asthma and trigger sinus issues. The cold wind can damage skin, and, if you run in especially cold conditions, frostbite is a danger for hands and feet. Even the sun can be a danger as it reflects off the bright, white snow, so be sure to put on some sunscreen, no matter the season.

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When exercising outdoors, wear sunscreen to protect your skin from the bright winter sun and dress in layers to help your body stay warm and dry, but not overheat.

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Stephany is a GR8NESS Contributing Editor who writes about pet care, CBD, stress, self care, meditation, time management, brain training, and natural remedies with a focus on the science behind it all. She has three dogs, three cats, walks half marathons, and practices yoga and powerlifting. You can often find her training her dogs or experimenting with new flavors in the kitchen.
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