Baby, it’s cold outside – but that’s no excuse to stop exercising

Here are three tips that will help naturally improve your mood and keep you in good shape during winter.

Vahdaneh Vahid

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As the weather gets colder, we tend to lack motivation to be active. Despite the weather, however, any type of movement or exercise outdoors is a great way to soak up natural daylight and improve blood circulation. Here are three tips that will help naturally improve your mood and keep you in good shape during winter.

Barefoot walking or running

The Earth maintains a negative electrical potential on its surface. When you are in direct contact with the ground (walking or running), Earth’s electrons are conducted to your body. Your immune system functions optimally when your body has an adequate supply of electrons, which are easily and naturally obtained by barefoot contact with the Earth.

Winter is a great time to try barefoot walking or running on the beach, and you will find more resistance in the sand after it has rained. This can be done for 10 minutes at a time, as many times throughout the day as you wish. Add it to your daily routine, and you will be surprised how it can recharge your mental and physical energy.

Buddy up

There is nothing like knowing that someone is waiting for you to motivate you to stick to your plan. Make a deal with a friend to encourage each other and commit to set training times. Also, intensify your workouts so you do not have to be outdoors for as long, which is also less draining on the body.

Try 20 minutes of stair sprints, using the power through your knees and arms to sprint up, while walking slowly back down. This puts less pressure on your knees.

Instead of a one-hour workout, shorter, more intense workouts can be key to fitness breakthroughs and can boost your metabolism, activating all the muscles in your lower body and core.


The lack of natural daylight in the winter, and working in offices under fluorescent lighting, can simulate stress hormones, affect your mood and make you tired. At lunchtime, go for a brisk 20-minute walk. If you have a meeting with a colleague planned, consider taking it to the streets for a “walk and talk.” Try a lunchtime stretch routine, or apply self-myofascial release outdoors.

Look for as many ways as possible to integrate exercise and get outside, as sunlight can increase your body temperature, naturally supporting your metabolism. It is also a great way to revitalize your mind and get you ready for a productive afternoon.