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Winter Workouts to Get You Jacked (VIDEO)

Okay, maybe not jacked, but you’ll definitely feel the burn when you participate in these winter specific workouts. The great thing about many of these outdoor activities is in fact that they’re outdoor. During the fall and winter many people develop symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). During the winter, most people want to stay indoors where it’s nice and warm. While it’s nice and warm, you’re actually contributing to the likelihood of developing symptoms of SAD. While the symptoms of SAD are bad enough (depression, fatigue, social withdrawal), couple that with the potential for vitamin D deficiency and you’re in for a really bad time.

Getting outside is the just the cure for both of those symptoms and these activities will surely heat up your winter. As a general rule, being in colder weather actually sparks your metabolism as your body has to work extra hard to keep you at (or around) a homeostatic temperature of 98.5 degrees Fahrenheit. The same is true if you drink a cold glass of water, as you cool your body down, it wants to get back to the 98.5 degrees Fahrenheit so the internal furnace known as your metabolism works extra hard, burning extra calories.

Activities like snowboarding, ice skating, and snow shoveling burn hundreds of calories in an hour, not to mention the awesome afterburn effect known as EPOC, that helps burn calories up to 48 hours after your workout. If you’re looking for some gear to make the activity that much better, click here. If you’re looking for a new challenge to stimulate your mental toughness, or you’re just looking to burn off some of the extra Thanksgiving Day dinner pounds, performing any one of these exercises works your whole body and melts excess fat from your frame.

Whatever your goals are though, staying active through the winter, instead of waiting for Spring to get your beach body back will pay high dividends. Your winter workouts are like deposits that get compound interest for summer time. Stay sexy friends!

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