With the darkening days and grizzly weather it can be tempting to hibernate
through the winter. Although your sofa might be beckoning there are some good reasons
to face the outdoors.
Actually a health - boosting hormone, vitamin D is vital for strong bones and for
regulating insulin levels and blood pressure. It also takes care of the immune system,
making it vital if we’re going to avoid those pesky winter colds. While we can get
vitamin D from certain foods, particularly oily fish and some mushrooms, our
main source is the sun, since ultraviolet light prompts our body to produce the
chemical naturally. This means we’re at risk of becoming deficient in the long winter
months, which can have serious health consequences, such as an increased risk of
multiple sclerosis. With this in mind, try and get outside for at least 30 minutes a day.
Feel the burn in the freeze
Heading out for a run might be the last thing on your mind when the weather gets cold,
but with the right preparation a winter work out can actually be extra beneficial.
You’ll burn more calories as your body tries to stay warm, and gasping for breath in the
chilly air can teach your body to use oxygen more efficiently, so you’ll be able to run
faster in the long - term. Running raises your body temperature significantly, so the cooler
air actually makes it easier to move, provided you’ve stretched properly first. The
endorphins released during exercise can help counter the winter blues, which is particularly
good news for the 2 million UK residents who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder
(SAD). Strap on your trainers and get moving.
From frosty mornings to golden leaves and eventually snow, autumn and winter
might just be the prettiest seasons. While we all love catching up with our favourite
TV shows,don’t miss out on the natural beauty of the chilly part of the year.
Even if you can’t face a run, it’s essential to keep moving throughout the cold
months to keep your metabolism firing. Put on your scarf,
wrap up in one of the warm and stylish women’s coats from K&Co, and get outside in
the winter sunshine. Your body will thank you for it in the end.