Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Perfect Chilly Run

Reflective for Safety!
This morning I woke up GRUMPY! It was cold. It was dreary. And work starting calling me at 6 AM...things were not looking good. It was feeling like one of those days. UGH!

But I had a running date tonight, Toronto got its first dusting of snow, and this girl got some pretty wicked cold weather running gear for her upcoming birthday...so by 5 PM all was well in my world again. I bundled up in my new snazzy layers, took to the mean city streets, and loved every minute of it.

So what is it about running in these cooler temps that leaves me feeling refreshed and fabulous? 

Well to start, its pretty well known that exercise floods you with feel good endorphins. But did you know that because your body has to work harder in the cold, your endorphin levels get that extra boost. So when you finish your cold weather workout you feel that extra bit happier. Definitely a bonus for this stressed-out crazy-pants. Running has been helping me stay sane and restore the balance in my crazy little life. So needless to say a bigger endorphin boost is probably a necessary perk!

I have known for a long time that my ticker performs better in the cooler weather, so I have always favored the winter run (or at least the cool-ish weather run). But Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise recently published an article trumpeting the effects of the chilly workout. Your body has to work harder to stay warm; so you are more likely to run faster and burn more calories. WOOHOO! All good news in my books (especially as a Canadian gal)!

And as I head into the busy holiday season I can see the benefits of all these jazzy cold weather running side-effects. So this month you can find me bundled up, braving the elements, and utilizing those extra endorphins!

Will you be joining me??

Love your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten