Benefits of Working Out During Winter

By Tonny Wandella

Cold weather workouts are far more challenging as compared to summer workouts. The body loses heat faster through convective heat transfer, and it may be challenging to maintain the core temperature of your internal organs as you work out. To work out in cold weather, you need to make appropriate preparations. You will need to put on layers of clothes to keep warm and comfortable, and, when it’s dark and icy, it gets even more difficult to exercise. Additionally, the temptation to stay indoors and watch Netflix may make it very difficult to exercise, but if you are disciplined enough and you do go out, winter workouts can have several benefits on your body and your mind. These include:

1. It Improves Your Mood

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or ‘winter blues’ is characterized by depression. According to research published in Psychiatry, approximately 20 percent of Americans suffer from mild to severe depression during winter. One of the best ways of combating these feelings of sadness is by working out.
Workouts can help our bodies secrete more feel-good hormones. Researchers have found that workouts are up to 4 times more effective than taking antidepressants in the relief of depression symptoms. If you decide to exercise outdoors, you will not only get fresh air and boost your mood but also get a good dose of vitamin D.

2. It Boosts Your Immune System
Each winter brings around illnesses, and most people blame it on the cold weather. However, it is the viruses that make us sick and being congested in a heated room can expose you to more viruses compared to staying outdoors.

3. It Is A Great Cardiovascular Exercise
Both your body and the cardiovascular system works harder when working out in the cold weather. Your heart works hard to pump blood, and this keeps it healthy and in good shape. With heart diseases being on the rise, it is a great thing to know that winter workouts can help in keeping your heart healthy and strong.
4. It Makes Increasing Workout Intensity Less Difficult

If you like to run, bike, or walk, the humidity and heat of summer can make it challenging to up your mileage or intensity. On the other hand, cold weather makes it easier to handle more intensity since you are not subjected to that stress. If you want to break a new personal record in a race, you should try working out during winter.

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Tips to increase stamina

Jenna Fletcher is a freelance writer and content creator. She writes extensively about health and wellness. As a mother of one stillborn twin, she has a personal interest in writing about overcoming grief and postpartum depression and anxiety, and reducing the stigma surrounding child loss and mental healthcare. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Muhlenberg College.

Stamina describes a person’s ability to sustain physical and mental activity. People with low mental stamina may find it difficult to focus on tasks for long periods and become distracted easily. People with low physical stamina may tire when walking up a flight of stairs, for example.

Having low stamina often causes a person to feel tired after little exertion, and they may experience an overall lack of energy or focus. By increasing their stamina, a person can feel more energetic and complete daily tasks more easily.

There are ways to increase stamina naturally, and the following are some of the best ways to do so over time.


Coffee in a mug and a coffee pot which can increase stamina

Caffeine is a stimulant. This means that it can increase a person’s heart rate and give them temporary energy boosts. Caffeine is present in many coffees, teas, and soft drinks.

In a small studyTrusted Source, a group of nine top male swimmers took 3 milligrams (mg) of caffeine 1 hour before performing freestyle sprints. They consistently made better times than when they had taken a placebo, and the researchers observed no differences in heart rate. The implication is that caffeine can give people a boost when they are feeling fatigued.

For maximum effect, a person should limit their caffeine consumption. The body can become tolerant of caffeine, requiring an increasing amount to achieve the same effect.

Also, it is better to avoid drinks with lots of added sugars or fats, such as soft drinks and premade coffee drinks.

Meditation or yoga

People often practice yoga or meditation to help them relax or refocus. These activities, when done consistently, can help reduce stress and improve overall stamina.

For example, results of a small studyTrusted Source involving 27 medical students indicated that participating in some form of meditation or yoga could decrease stress levels and improve general well-being.

Anyone looking to increase their mental stamina may benefit from practicing yoga or meditation regularly.


Exercise can help a person improve their physical and mental stamina. People who exercise often feel more energized during both mental and physical tasks.

One studyTrusted Source showed that following a workout program led to lower levels of work-related fatigue. The results also indicated that the program helped decrease stress levels and improve the participants’ sense of well-being.

Anyone looking to reduce mental and physical fatigue should try to exercise regularly. This could include taking a walk or getting more intense exercise before or after work.


Ashwagandha is a natural herb available as a supplement. Taking ashwagandha may have the following effects:

  • increasing overall energy
  • boosting cognitive function
  • reducing stress
  • improving general health

In a small studyTrusted Source, 25 athletes took 300 mg of ashwagandha twice a day for 12 weeks. They showed improved cardiovascular endurance, compared with an otherwise matched group who had taken a placebo.


There is evidence that music can alter a person’s mood. It may also help improve cardiovascular efficiency.

In a small studyTrusted Source, participants who listened to their preferred music during exercise had a lower heart rate than those that did not.

Confirming these findings will require more research. However, the implication is that if a person listens to music that they enjoy while exercising, their stamina may improve.

Exercise routine change

Two men cycling to work to increase stamina
A person can boost their stamina with brief sprints of cycling.

Athletes and others who are physically active may still want to boost their stamina.

There are several tips that a person could try:

  • Maintain a good balance between bouts of intense exercise and recovery.
  • Increase the intensity of a workout for short periods, for example by doing brief sprints while running, biking, or swimming.
  • Reduce the amount of time between reps.
  • Increase weight when lifting.
  • Increase the duration and frequency of workouts.
  • Practice visualization and mind-over-muscle techniques to help push through fatigue.


Stamina helps a person stay focused and feel energized to do mental and physical tasks throughout the day.

Increasing stamina usually gives people more energy and focus and helps them to feel better about themselves. People often benefit from a combination of stamina-boosting activities or supplements.

However, anyone with a health concern should speak to their healthcare provider before taking a supplement or beginning a new exercise program.


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