Why Winter Is the Perfect Time to Get Into Shape

With the winter upon us and the warm weather a thing of the past, consider skipping this year’s hibernation. Instead, winter is the perfect time of year to get into shape, accomplish your fitness goals, or introduce exercise into your life. With the cold weather limiting outdoor activities, you will have ample time to plan and execute your workout routine — resulting in a new, defined body for the warmer months. The summer months are the perfect time to show off your new, in-shape body, so take advantage of the winter to work on yourself.

Exercising Inside

If you are thinking the cold weather is an excuse to not exercise, think again. You can set up an exercise regimen that takes place completely in the warmth of your home. You won’t have to leave your house and trek in the cold and snow to the gym. Everything you need is steps away from your bed. Working out at home has an added level of motivation to it: You don’t have to spend time commuting, showering in a gym’s locker room, or waiting for machines. Find the perfect workout and do it in the luxury of your own home.

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It Gives You Time to Prepare for Summer

Everyone knows summer weather means beach and pool weather. And if you’ve been reluctant to strip down to your bathing suit in the past, you’ll have plenty of time in the winter to prepare for it. The best way to go about this is by setting goals. If your goal is to have a summer beach body by June, make sure you devise a plan that puts you on that path. Winter is a great time to workout and transform your body because you are around fewer people. That means that when people see you during the warm months, they will be surprised by all your progress.

Scientific Benefits

Aside from preparing your body for the summer months, there are many scientific reasons that support why winter is the perfect time of year to get in shape. According to multiple studies, our bodies burn more calories in the winter. This is because when you get cold, your body works hard to warm itself up. In order for your body to do this, it needs to burn calories. In addition, you don’t have to worry about your body fighting the heat, making it easier and less pressing on your body to train harder and longer. When you work out in warm weather, your body is working hard to maintain a normal temperature. In the winter, your body doesn’t have to work as hard and you will be less prone to heat exhaustion, heatstroke, and dehydration.

Winter is a great time of year to get into shape and if you are thinking of doing so you will set yourself up nicely for the summer. Remember, even though you don’t have to worry about the negative impacts of the summer heat, it’s still important to hydrate and wear the proper clothing if you are working out outside.

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