What Are the Benefits of Exercising in Cold Weather?

Whether you spend a day hiking the mountain trails or an hour running around your snow-covered neighborhood, winter workouts in the great outdoors can transform your mood and mind.

“We’ve found that people who saw winter as full of opportunity and not a limiting time of year experienced greater well-being: They had more positive emotions, greater life satisfaction, and greater personal growth,” says Kari Leibovitz, Ph.D., a health psychologist at Stanford who studied the mental benefits of embracing winter in Norway.

Leibovitz’s advice to reap this winter workout benefit — and a handful of others? Prove to yourself you can bundle up and have a good time outside to get a habit going. Here, the other perks of chilly sweat seshes, plus how to get them without freezing your tush off.

Excerpted from Shape

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