Winter workouts: a refreshing alternative

December 13, 2021 — by Mitchell Chen
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Ever since I watched the movie Creed, a world-renowned boxer over 7 miles in freezing temperatures, I’ve been inspired to train in cold weather to toughen up my body.  

With my primary focus on cardiovascular exercises and upper body strength, I typically go for runs several times a week and lift weights in my garage gym. During the summer, my hot and stuffy garage makes every set miserable; going for a run in the oven-like temperature is just as unbearable. 

Now, as the weather is dropping into the 40s and even the 30s at night, I feel much more comfortable and energized while working out. Every time I step outside, I’m met with cool breezes, as opposed to the hot and humid July air.

Another perk of cold weather is the satisfying post-workout sensation. After running around an empty neighborhood, I can relax while listening to my favorite Eminem songs, while my body slowly warms up inside. Knowing I’ve pushed myself to work out in such extreme conditions provides an unmatched sense of achievement.

Moreover, not only do cooler temperatures feel more refreshing, but a Daily Mail article also shows that working out in the cold can burn more fat than working out in the heat, giving me another advantage to push my gains to the next level.

So the next time you’re huddled up in blankets on a lazy December afternoon, put on some extra clothes and go for a light jog. When you’re trying to burn off those holiday calories, the extra effort you put in will be worth it — don’t worry, you can thank me later.