We also do gymnastics in the winter – It boosts the mood

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In addition to the well-known benefits, exercise helps to improve mood and increase energy

The weather is getting colder, the day is getting shorter, and darkness is coming early, so early that most of us are not done with work by the time it gets dark. So this is the number one excuse for those who want to avoid exercise in the winter.

According to a new survey by Sports Direct, 67% of women stopped exercising in the winter (with younger women more likely to drop out). In both sexes, however, 48% said it was much harder to stick to their normal exercise routine during the winter.

If you’re one of those people who might be afraid to work out in the dark, or who skip their workout to relax on the couch with a hot cup of coffee when it’s cold enough, or even cancel their workout because it rained a little in the afternoon, then you’ll need to rethink your choices.

But the truth is that you don’t give up exercising just because it’s cold, or because it’s getting late.

Everyday life, stress, concerns and problems in various areas of your life eat away the energy you might have had for your training. Exercise, however, is what will give you long-term energy for all other aspects of your daily routine. The following reasons (not directly related to physical health) will bring you back to the rhythms you always had (and wanted to have) in your fitness.

Exercise can give us more energy

It takes energy to move but “you reap what you sow”, as the old saying goes. When you exercise, oxygen and nutrients move around the body more efficiently – which can give you more energy.

In fact, a study published in the journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics found that just 20 minutes of light exercise is enough to reduce your daily fatigue. The researchers divided the participants into three groups: the first group did 20 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise, three times a week, for six weeks.

The second group did low-intensity aerobic exercise for the same period of time, and the third group did not exercise at all. The low-intensity group (which did the equivalent of a leisurely, easy walk) reported a 65% drop in feelings of fatigue. This was solid proof that you don’t have to do much to reap the benefits.

Movement boosts mood

A 2020 study on the relationship between running and mental health, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research And Public Health, reviewed more than 116 studies and found that “running can improve mood and mental health.” Running or walking provides the perfect “window” to let go of difficult or repressed thoughts.

For example, if you are psychologically stressed by an event, try to take a walk in the fresh air. When you stop, the intensity of the feeling will have faded considerably.

Running and walking helps process emotions

A 2019 study found that running activates brain networks responsible for emotional processing. By having participants walk or run on a treadmill while assessing changes in their brain connections, the researchers found that both forms of exercise produced a significant boost in mood.

But while walking stimulated parts of the brain associated with cognitive control and attention, running activated networks involved in emotional processing.

Walking helps manage problems at work

Have you considered going for a brisk walk on your work break? Many times, it can help you think more clearly about problems that may exist in your workplace.

A 2017 study published in the journal Environmental Health and Preventative Medicine found that regular physical activity can improve our problem-solving abilities. In fact, just the intention of starting regular exercise has been found to boost thinking power.

Exercise is the chance you’ve been looking for to listen to your favorite show/book

Abroad, where the power of podcasts is enormous, it is already fashionable to listen to your favorite show while exercising.

Think that by listening to your favorite show on your headphones, you can exercise at the same time, without losing precious time. Even if you are not a friend of podcasts, most of the shows available on webtv also work as players, thus saving battery from viewing the image.

Likewise, on JukeBooks you can listen to unique narrations of books you’ve always wanted to read. Now you have no excuse.

Walking or running dates foster closer connections

We’ve all gotten used to meeting friends for walks in the park during lockdown – and for the most part, we’ve really enjoyed those ‘outings’.

Now that everything is open again, you may have stopped meeting your people outdoors, but these “social events” were great: they cost very little, you get exercise, they offer a chance to explore places, while according to neuroscientist Shane O Mara, when you walk you have even more meaningful conversations.

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