The best rea­son to ex­er­cise in win­ter

Isis Town and Country - - Life - Leanne Shorter Health and fit­ness

THROUGH­OUT all the gyms and ex­er­cise classes over the coun­try par­tic­i­pa­tion num­bers drop off in win­ter.

Why? Well people tell me “it’s too cold”.

Well I’m go­ing to try and con­vince you to toughen up, be­cause the rea­sons to ex­er­cise through the cold weather are much more mo­ti­vat­ing than stay­ing in bed!

I hear a lot of other rea­sons people don’t find time to ex­er­cise and I’ve cov­ered them on my blog at www.re­sis­tit­bands.com.

But to­day I want to con­cen­trate on “It’s too cold to ex­er­cise” in de­tail. Okay – first things first. For all of you that are try­ing to lose a few ex­tra ki­los, rea­son num­ber one for get­ting out of your warm bed is.... sum­mer bod­ies are made in win­ter.

Don’t leave it un­til Septem­ber or Oc­to­ber to start try­ing to get back into shape.

If you keep ex­er­cis­ing through­out win­ter you will be one step ahead of ev­ery­one else.

If that isn’t enough to get the doona off then how about these facts:

No fat tum­mies. Ex­er­cis­ing in cooler weather uses more en­ergy, so you use more calo­ries, which helps keep the weight off.

So you need a lit­tle more con­vinc­ing? Then how about this? Keep­ing warm. Ex­er­cise is the best way to in­crease your body tem­per­a­ture.

Even in re­ally cold tem­per­a­tures, you can get that blood pump­ing to warm your body. No more bad moods. Win­ter can make us un­happy and de­pressed.

Ex­er­cise nat­u­rally re­leases feel­good hor­mones that keep you smil­ing all win­ter long.

So not only will you be burn­ing up the calo­ries at a great rate, you will be smil­ing while you do it.

Say good­bye to snif­fles and coughs.

Ex­er­cis­ing through win­ter helps to keep nasty bac­te­ria and viruses at bay.

Sci­en­tists don’t ex­actly know why, but they think it could be be­cause you are strength­en­ing your im­mune sys­tem.

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