According to the University of Colorado, the chemical that promotes fat storage almost doubles in winter. Sadly, the cold winter time triggers cravings for that warm, carb filled comfort food. The warm, cozy couch is too comfortable to leave and the freezing outdoor temperature provides an all too easy excuse for not exercising.
However, the study also shows that individuals who maintain an active lifestyle are more protected from weight gain. Exercising in the winter can provide more benefits then exercising any other time of year.
We all need Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin. During the summer exposure of 10-15 minutes is more than what our bodies need. But in the winter time, sunshine is not something we strive to get. This is why it is important for us to get outside, get moving and say hello to the sun.
But this presents some problems when temperatures start dropping. The best solution — DRESS for SUCCESS! Follow the winter dress tips and you will be fine:
- Base layer – snug but breathable shirts that has the ability to wick away sweat.
- Middle layer – a fleece or wool top that provides insulation. The thickness depends on the temperature and the intensity of the activity.
- Outer layer – wind and water resistant jacket that will help to keep the elements at bay.
- Hat and mittens.
Do not let this winter put the blues on your health or mood. So get off the couch and get active!
When making exercise and physical activity a priority, whether it is to lose weight, build muscle, or become stronger, it is important to pay attention to pain and discomfort within the body. Chiropractic care can help by addressing musculoskeletal imbalances before they present symptoms. It can also help by treating soft tissue injuries, and restore function and teaching tactics that will inhibit further injury.