Winter, for most of us, is uncomfortably cold and dark and getting out of bed to train isn’t that appealing, unless you are lucky enough to live in a warm climate. So why would you be motivated to keep training throughout winter when you could have your off season, eat chocolate, drink vin rouge, and watch others do all the suffering on brutal climbs at Le Tour de France on TV.
So why keep training, what are the benefits?
If you decide to brave the cold of winter, you can burn more energy. To keep your body warm against the elements of lower temperatures, your basal metabolic rate increases slightly. So that can translate to extra calories being burnt for the same efforts compared to in warmer weather, due to increased energy output to warm air in your lungs and your skin temperature. Get outside to try and get your vitamin D intake when the sun materialises, as this can be reduced during winter months. Lastly exercise is good for you! This isn’t new news, and as long as it isn’t always high intensity smash sessions in freezing cold wet conditions, you will usually lower your chance of picking up bugs and illnesses.
Tips for making training in the cold easier.
All the best, from the Euro Cycles Tours team.
Note: This is not individualised training advice, and all athletes should consult with an exercise or medical expert about their specific health needs.