For us on the West Coast, running outside is much easier throughout the year compared to those living in colder climates.
However, fitness experts suggest that it's actually worth braving the cold to run on the street instead of a treadmill.
Check out three reasons why you should be running outside, despite the chilly temperature, below!
1. It combats Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Tom Holland, author of The Marathon Method, shares that running releases hormones that fight depression, explaning:
"When the days get shorter and the temperature plummets, many people suffer from Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD). Running helps release powerful hormones that help combat this depression, increasing positive mood states during the cold weather months."
2. Outdoor air is healthier.
According to the EPA, "a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities."
Get exercise outside so your lungs can get some healthy air too!
3. It's more exciting than a treadmill.
There aren't many ways to spice up running a long distance other than good music or a good running partner, but it's always lovely to look at beautiful scenery.
Stop staring at the wall in front of you or that TV set while running on a rubber belt and hit the streets to explore your area! Run through the happening city streets, a path in the forest, or along a waterfront. If you're new to town, running around is a great way familiarize yourself with the surroundings!
Just because the weather outside is frightful doesn't mean that running in it can't be delightful!
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