It's getting cold here in the DC Metro area with lows getting below the freezing point today and tomorrow. In fact, right around the time that the adults begin training tomorrow, it should be right around 35 degrees...nice and chilly. It won't just be the adults...kids and teens will all spend a little time training outside in the cold tomorrow, and here's why it's a good thing:
#1. Being cold makes you tougher. Think about it...the picture many folks have of winter is snuggling up under a nice warm blanket while drinking their coffee or hot chocolate. We will actively be fighting against that tomorrow when we head outdoors. Being cold, and embracing the cold, is an exercise in mental fortitude; and we could all use a bit of a push there if we're honest.
#2. Being cold burns a few more calories. When you're cold, your body is primarily interested with keeping your core warm...everything else take a bit more effort. Your body's metabolism is forced to work harder during cold weather training. Your heart works harder during cold weather training as it tries to keep your body warm. Training in the cold give an additional physical challenge.
3#. You'll be happy when it's over. Winter is dark and cold with heat and daylight bidding us farewell until March(ish). The Kids and Teen Classes will be able to grab onto the last bit of daylight; something that is under appreciated from a wellness point of view. Grabbing some winter sunshine helps to improve mood that may have taken a hit after a long day at school. Have no fear, the adults will also gain the benefit of elevated mood. Research is suggesting that a good workout, especially in the cold, can be up to four times as effective as antidepressants. Through cold weather training, you will experience a spiritual lift.
Don't worry. We're going to have a lot of fun tomorrow, but we will be smart and safe with our training. Remember that there's a thin line between tough and stupid...we're going to stay firmly on the tough side.