As soon as the weather begins to cool off and the green in the trees begins to fade, my motivation to hit the gym also cools off and fades away.
Lounging on the couch under a blanket just seems much more appealing! But taking a step back from your fitness routine when the weather changes isn’t the best idea. Staying active all year has so many benefits that curling up on the couch won’t seem as appealing!
Here’s why I stay active all year long.
1. Working out helps control your weight. This one may be obvious, but it’s worth mentioning. If you stop working out, you’ll probably gain weight. When the weather warms back up you won’t feel as comfortable and confident wearing fewer clothes. Wouldn’t it be great to shed your sweater after winter and feel fit and fabulous?
2. Exercise improves mood. The cool weather and cloudy days of fall and winter can bring on the blues. Exercise releases endorphins that put you in a better mood. Working out regularly could also give you a self-confidence boost because you’ll feel better about your appearance.
3. Physical activity gives you more energy. It may seem weird that working your butt off in the gym will amp up your energy, but it does! According to the Mayo Clinic, regular exercise improves your muscle strength and cardio endurance, which makes your heart and lungs work more efficiently. This means you’ll have more energy! Don’t we all need a little bit more energy to get dinner on the table at the end of the day or get the house cleaned?
4. Working out will improve your sex life. Fall and winter isn’t the sexiest time of year. You’re covered up in chunky sweaters and wrapped in cozy scarves. But working out regularly will make you feel sexier (see above), which may put you in the mood more often. Exercise also improves your flexibility, your stamina and increases blood flow – all important for a satisfying sex life. And it can help you stay warm instead of lounging on the couch under a blanket.
How do you plan to stay fit this fall and winter?
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