BIG FALLS – Exercise is important at any time of year, but can become especially crucial when battling the winter blues, better known as seasonal depression. Freezing temperatures often keep central Montana residents locked indoors for days. Although exercising in sub-zero air temperatures is not recommended, setting aside time to exercise at 30 or 40 degrees a day can make all the difference in depression. seasonal.
The chill is basically the body maintaining its temperature at a healthy balance. It also helps the body’s fat burning abilities, but just going outside for the thrill doesn’t translate to weight loss. Shivering during a workout increases its intensity and may end up leading to a more substantial workout.
According to Don Johnson, personal trainer at The Peak in Great Falls, “When you start to feel cold, the blood goes to the most important part of our body – the organs or the stomach area. That’s why it evacuates the warmth of our limbs and our fingers and toes become cold.” Thus, it is important to keep track of the weather and especially the wind chill. Wind chill is what the body feels and reacts to, not air temperature.
Don recommends getting outside and doing a light warm-up before training. He explains, “I wouldn’t do a lot of jumping jacks or anything like that. Start with knee raises and I recommend about 3-5 minutes before you start your workout.”
Although exercising outdoors during winter can improve physical health, it also improves mental health. Don explains: “The benefit of being outside in the winter is number one: fresh air. Cool, fresh air. The other thing is the sun isn’t as bright, you’re going to still get some vitamin D but it’ll be easier on your skin.”
It is recommended to consult your doctor before carrying out your outdoor training plans, as the cold can affect people with heart disease differently.