Great reasons to get active this winter!
With 2017 just around the corner, and many New Year’s resolutions surrounding health and fitness, there’s never been a better time to book a stay at our outdoor activity centre. Whether your aim is to get outside more, be more active or just to improve your health in general, the activities on offer at Outdoor Adventure are bound to tick a few of your boxes when it comes to your goals for the upcoming year as well as having tremendous amounts of fun along the way! Check out these reasons why getting active outside in the winter can do wonders for your health:
More effective exercise
Your body works harder to warm itself up when it’s exposed to colder temperatures. This means that your body is burning more calories as your heart works harder and results in a better work out and endurance for when warmer weather comes around. It is important to be cautious of hypothermia or overheating in too many layers whilst outside and engaging in physical activities in this kind of climate, but if done correctly it can provide a major fitness boost in a way that summer exercise cannot compete with.
Fends off colds and the flu
Part of the reason behind cold and flu viruses striking so hard in the winter is because everyone is subjected to each other’s germs, which is passed on person to person, whilst we all coop up inside and out the cold. Spending time outside in fresh air will minimise your chances of breathing in recycled germs and becoming ill as a result. Furthermore, regular exercise boosts your immune system, giving your body a better chance of fighting off any unwanted bacteria.
Keeping the winter blues at bay
It is well known that being outside in natural environments can not only reduce any stress you may be feeling from the hectic nature of modern lifestyles, but will also improve your mood. The dark nights and grey, dreary weather majorly limits our intake of Vitamin D leading to a drop in serotonin levels. You can dramatically improve your mood by getting outside in the colder weather, or even better, engaging in physical activities such as surfing or kayaking. The boost you will get from making the most of the daylight as well as the endorphins produced from exercise is bound to leave you feeling happier and less stressed than before.
The long, dark winters often leave us feeling sluggish – particularly after a festive feast or five in December! Exercise is likely to improve your energy levels during the day, which in turn will allow you to fall asleep earlier and easier at night. Wake up feeling well-rested and full of energy, all the better for more outdoor adventures the following day!
The obstacles provided by wintry climates within outdoor activities can often have side effects of improving balance and building muscle. Icy waters, driving rain and biting wind are just a few factors that make exercising outside harder, as aspects such as resistance further test you physically as well as mentally. This is particularly relevant and beneficial for growing kids, who are improving their gross motor skills.
As well as a method of ridding yourself of stress and feeling happier, time spent outdoors has been proved to increase memory and attention span. It is thought that being outside with nature has similar benefits to that of meditating, meaning it’s good to be out and about getting physical, whatever the season!
Don’t let winter be a time for hibernation. Brave the sub-zero temperatures and brave the great outdoors for adventures you won’t forget at our activity centre.