Finding the time and energy to exercise in the winter can be tough. It’s cold, snowy, and windy while your house is warm and cozy. It’s easy to skip your early morning gym sessions when the weather doesn’t agree with you, but it’s extremely important to exercise through the winter.

Exercise is important year round, but has some extra special benefits when done through the winter season.

It can help you stay warm

Save money on your heating bills by heating up naturally. Working out will raise your body temperature naturally while also having a calm, soothing effect on your body. Trust us, it will make your nightly Netflix binge much more comfortable.

It can combat the winter blues

Whether you think that winter is a bummer or suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), exercise can give you that extra boost of endorphins you need! A daily workout can relieve stress and keep you up and running every day.

It can help you skip the flu

The flu is all around us, but you can avoid taking sick days by working out. Regular exercise strengthens your immune system and can help you skip the office germs.

It can refresh your lungs

Speaking of the flu, exercise is a great way to detox your lungs. Whether you’re outside shoveling or just hopping into your car to head to the Y, breathing in fresh air will get rid of all the stuffy air from your home or office!

It can help you avoid winter weight gain

During the winter months, it’s easy to skip the gym and opt for delicious holiday comfort food. Once you slip under the blanket, you’re not going anyway. But it’s important to keep up with your exercise routine despite the fact that you want to hibernate. It will make the holiday season that much more enjoyable.

It can help you get your daily dose of Vitamin D

During the summer months, you can get your daily does of Vitamin D from just 10-15 minutes of being outside. In the winter, it’s much more difficult. It’s colder, and there’s less sun. If it’s not too cold, try to squeeze in a short walk around the block to soak up the sun!