Should I avoid exercising outdoors when the weather is cold?

This is a question that frequently goes through many people’s minds, especially during the colder months of the year!

Getting an indoor workout such as those you get at the gym or perhaps even in your very own home may not be dependent on the weather so this may relatively not affect your exercise regime at all, however if you tend to prefer the outdoor workout sessions then you may have more to consider.

Advantages of exercising outdoors

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Exercising outdoors can offer an individual several mental, physical and social benefits. Here are some of them:

Firstly, it is a fabulous way of increasing your intake of vitamin D through exposure to sunlight. What an easy way to get more vitamin D – you just need some sunlight! According to the American Heart Association, it can help to improve your mood too.

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Secondly, you may be surprised to see that you are not the only one with the same idea of exercising outdoors on a cold day. Doing this regularly may help you to meet others and perhaps foster new relationships and friendships.

Thirdly, exercise in any form may help to boost your immunity and this may be needed more in the colder months when many people are suffering with colds and the flu. Exercising outdoors is better than not exercising at all and according to the Disease Control and Prevention, ‘a few minutes a day can help prevent simple bacterial and viral infections’.

While All4Women endeavours to ensure health articles are based on scientific research, health articles should not be considered as a replacement for professional medical advice. Should you have concerns related to this content, it is advised that you discuss them with your personal healthcare provider.