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Winter Olympics style fitness training; another way to improve your health

The writer on a morning jog in the winter time.
The writer on a morning jog in the winter time.
Lance Becvar

Winter time can keep more people indoors for fitness training, because some people prefer to exercise in warm weather or at least when the temperatures are in the 60 degree temperature range. That’s why in the winter time most health clubs are filled with members looking to get in shape for the summer because it may be too cold outside to jog or workout. Now most people are aware that the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia is just few days away from starting. Those athletes certainly have to prepare themselves for cold weather training; they are not going to be performing in 60 degree weather for sure, so they have to expose themselves to the cold air to help them adjust. Also these athletes are improving their health in more ways than one besides getting a chance to win a gold medal.

Recent literature indicates that running or any kind of physical fitness training in cold weather can help a person burn more calories, check the link below. The muscles in your arms and legs need more energy to essentially heat up, similar to an automotive engine. When an automotive engine is warm, it can burn gasoline more effectively. In that same example when all your muscles are warmed up, they too can be use energy more effectively. Another article suggests that cold weather exercise can slow down the aging process because this type of exercise can make your bones stronger, see the links below. In addition cold weather training can improve your immune system; the writer can fully testify that this is true because he regularly jogs in sometimes single digit temperatures even with a sinus infection and a sore throat. Now the old school way of thinking would have been; if you have any kind of cold, rest and certainly do not exercise outdoors. However, the writer’s sinus infection and sore throat went away without the use of any kind of medication. Here is one more benefit they writer has experienced while jogging in cold or snowy weather, it can become more challenging.

On any given morning jog writer has had to jump over snow banks, slow down his jogging pace over patches of ice, change his jogging route on the fly because clogged sidewalks, streets and large snow banks. Not to mention they writer also has to be on the lookout for cars, trucks and plows and deer that may not see him jogging on the roads. The writer can certainly understand that this kind of Winter Olympics style of training is not for everyone, but if you are in good health give it a try, you may just like it. Yes at one time the cold weather season meant staying indoors but to use an old saying, working out outdoors is like making lemonade out of lemons, the lemons being the cold snowy weather. For more information please click on the links below or contact the writer through