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Why You Should Exercise Outside in the Winter

Why You Should Exercise Outdoors in the Winter

It may sound crazy to leave the warmth of your gym to brave the elements this Winter, but there are compelling reasons to embrace the chill. Here's why adding an outdoor workout or two to your routine will do your body good.

You'll burn more calories: Not only does being shivering cold burn slightly more calories than being warm, but you're also more likely to go faster during your workout to generate more heat. Faster pace equals more calories burned, so use frigid temps as motivation to quicken your steps.

You'll breathe better: Scary news: a recent study of typical gyms in Europe found that the air quality inside leaves something to be desired. Researchers found high levels of formaldehyde, carbon dioxide, and dust particulates, especially during aerobic exercise classes. Not only were the levels higher than what standard guidelines have deemed safe, but the scientists note that keeping tabs on gym air quality is especially important, since your workout is usually when your breathe your deepest.

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Put an end to SAD: Seasonal affective disorder is a real deal, and gloomy Winter days are the culprit. But just going outside to soak up the rays — even when it's cloudy — can help you feel better. Plus, exercise is another way to feel better and relieve anxiety, so combine the two for a stress-relieving session outdoors.

Related: How to Work Out When It's Cold and Dark

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