Exercising in the COLD burns more calories

Your body burns more calories in cold weather environments as it tries to maintain it’s core temperature.

Whether you are going for a run, walk, cycle, snowboarding or skiing, any cold weather activity will burn more calories compared with exercise in environments closer to your core body temperature as your body constantly burns calories to raise your body temperature as well as dealing with the demand placed upon it by exercise.

Exercise in the morning, before your brain figures out what you are doing

Why do people always say you should exercise in the morning? It’s not just a myth, it’s actually much better for you and if you’re going to do it, you might as well get it out of the way, right?

Well sure, that’s right but it’s more than just getting it out of the way, it’s about setting you up for the day, it’s about feeding your own needs, nurturing yourself and making yourself more productive. Many Successful people all exercise in the morning, normally for at least an hour and considering their the CEO’s of major companies they still find the time. They find the time because they’ve planned it and it’s part of their routine, that’s the important part, routine. To get something to be part of your routine you need to make a habit and to do that you have to repeat what you do until it sticks. In Laura Vanderkam’s 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think she discusses habits that both successful and everyday people do before breakfast, exercise is normally part of most peoples get up routine.

So if you think you don’t have time, then use the time when you’re normally asleep, just think what you could achieve getting up one hour earlier everyday, that’s a whole extra work day every week, that’s an extra weeks work every month. That’s really incredible, from achieving non-time sensitive tasks to looking after yourself, boosting your energy levels and making yourself more productive. In the book by Tim Ferriss, The 4-Hour Body being more productive is one of the benefits you’ll gain by exercising.

Here‘s a short clip of Richard Branson talking about exercise making you more productive.

Exercising in the morning has more benefits than you might realise

Increases metabolic rate for the entire day!

Exercise in the morning will fire up your energy systems, your metabolism will start and your body will start burning the calories it needs to meet the demands. However this is not just the result from the one hours exercise you do, it will take place for the rest of the day, this means you’ve increased your metabolic rate, burning more calories than you normally would just by exercising in the morning. It’s not hard to see how this habit can have a positive impact on our health, fitness and well being.

Increases energy levels

Doing more gives you more energy! You’ve probably heard that before and if you’ve exercised with good habits before for a short time you’ve likely experienced it for yourself too. This is linked to our metabolic rate (as mentioned above), because doing more raises our metabolic rate, we feel like we’re able to do more, because we’re getting a constant stream of energy. You’ll feel like you can exercise, you’ll feel like you can go play tennis, go for a walk or whatever takes your fancy. This is the opposite to what happens when you do less. Remember your body is a survival machine and it simply adapts to the demands you place upon it, Doing less will encourage your body to slow down, it has no need to produce a steady steam of energy as you consume very little of it. 

So if you want to get things started, you just have to do something! Jogging, walking, swimming, or a bodyweight workout, just something.

Reduces stress

This is not a new concept, we all know exercise has a great benefit on stress, this is normally felt because of the overwhelming opposite feeling of well-being we get post exercise, it’s hard to feel stressed when you have endorphins pumping round your body making you feel great. Although exercise in itself is stressful in the fact it places stresses upon the body and might actually raise cortisol levels through individual workouts, the overall effect from regular exercise according to the “Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice,” studies indicate that even 30-minute sessions of moderate exercise may help reduce cortisol levels

Endorphins will help you start a habit

To get things started, you’ll need to start moving, start doing and do it regularly. Once you get started the release post endorphins and the ‘feel good feeling’ post exercise will keep you doing it more often. Exercise is addictive, people are addicted to endorphins released naturally during exercise, it provides us with an overwhelming sense of well-being.

Get up, get exercising and feel the benefits