Monday, 25 February 2013

Happy Heart Project + the Perks of Winter Running

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). It's ideal for long runs and Marathon training. And since it is week 3 of The Happy Heart Project I am encouraging to try something new, push past those boundaries, and get moving!! Even with all this crazy weather we are having.

Here's why you should consider giving Winter Running a whirl...

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.

The 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 all of the snow and slippery surfaces we face during this delightful season also offers us winter runners extra resistance training. You are forced to utilize your smaller stabilizing muscles as you navigate those treacherous paths. And the resistance created while trudging through the snow offers a more intensive workout and allows runners to get the benefits of both cardio and strength training. (** always use your caution and discretion though to avoid injury**)

Definitely worth ditching the Treadmill right?! How are you gonna get moving this week and make your Heart Happy?? Share with me and And I will thank you with a chance to win your choice of a Brand New Pair of Mizunos! WEEEEEE!! Who doesn't want a new free pair of running shoes especially when they are this fabulous?! 

How to Enter: 

Leave a comment here sharing your commitment to your heart this week

Tweet: "I am joining the Happy Heart Project with @Darwinianfail
and @MizunoRunning"

Instagram: take a photo showing me how you are making your Heart Happy this week and tag @darwinianfail so I can see your progress!

*Each action gets you and additional entry, so make sure you leave a separate comment here telling me what you did (ie. if you do all 5 leave me 5 separate comments so you get 5 entries)*
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