Harm and benefits of outdoor sports in the cold season

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4 facts about outdoor sports

  1. The benefits of being outdoors have been proven by scientific research and practice.

Exercising outdoors is even more effective because the body burns more calories. For example, in studies that compared the load of cycling on the street and on an exercise bike, it has been proven that a person spends more calories on the street. This happens, among other things, due to wind resistance and changes in the surface on which a person walks or rides.

  1. Outdoor physical activity improves short-term memory.

  2. Oxygen-enriched blood transports useful substances faster and utilizes already used ones. The process of effective production of serotonin and endorphin is launched.

  3. Regular exercise in nature can cut your risk of suffering from poor mental health in half. Researchers from the University of Glasgow studied the use of natural and non-natural environments for physical activity (walking, running and cycling). They found that regular outdoor exercise and contemplation of nature helped to resist stress, while the use of such an unnatural environment as in the gym did not. Also, with prolonged exposure to fresh air, the content of the stress hormone cortisol in the body decreases.

I’m afraid to start! 6 false fears before workout

With all the obvious advantages of outdoor activities in the off-season and winter, people have concerns. And even those who are used to starting the day with a workout in the park go to the gym or stop training altogether. And someone is completely afraid to start.

1. “How will I train in the snow/rain?”
Cool weather training is about getting out of your comfort zone. When a person does this constantly, it enters the taste. Many sports fields have awnings, you can train under them. The snow on the sports grounds is regularly cleaned, so training takes place on comfortable sports surfaces. It is necessary to provide the right clothing: a high-quality waterproof windbreaker will not allow you to get wet.

2. “I will freeze”
You won’t freeze if you’re dressed properly! For example, we always instruct our clients on how to dress properly so that the training is as comfortable as possible.

5-10 degrees: lower base layer (long-sleeved sweater, leggings/pants) + thermoregulating layer (t-shirt/long-sleeved sweatshirt).

-1 to 5 degrees: bottom base layer (long sleeve jacket, leggings/pants) + protective layer (light jacket) + accessories (light gloves and earmuff).

-6 to -1 degrees: bottom base layer (thermal underwear, pants) + thermal control layer (fleece) + protective layer (jacket) + accessories (gloves and hat).

from -15 to -6 degrees: lower base layer (thermal underwear, pants) + thermoregulating layer (fleece) + protective layer (jacket and warm vest) + accessories (gloves, ear band, hat and neck buff).

3. “If I come with a child, he will not sit still, and I will have to be constantly distracted”
Children who are not yet walking usually sleep in strollers. Those who are older, with pleasure in their own manner, repeat the exercises for adults.

4. “I’m going to sweat during training and have to walk home to change. I can catch a cold”
Take an extra set of changeable outerwear with you to change right after your workout and stay cool.

5. “I will lose valuables”
There is no comfortable dressing room with lockers outside, where will I put the things that I brought with me to training?” In our training, all things are put in one place in the trainer’s field of vision. There have never been any problems with this.

6. “In the evening it is dark outside. Being in the park is uncomfortable”
Parks and sports fields are usually very well lit. When this lighting is insufficient or renovation work is underway, a portable flashlight can be used.

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