As winter approaches, the normal thing is to think about enjoying free time at home, under the covers, watching movies or series. Or maybe plan a trip to enjoy gastronomic delights that get even better at low temperatures. But did you know that training in the cold is fundamental to health?

Yes! As much as laziness insists on appearing, those who are willing to exercise at this time get very important benefits. In cold temperatures, the human body needs to expend a greater amount of energy to maintain its own thermal balance, like increasing the burning of calories for example.


What are the main benefits of training in cold temperatures?

In cold temperatures, the muscles tend to be more contracted, making it difficult to move the body. One of the consequences is the lack of will to exercise, a problem usually aggravated by the consumption of foods rich in sugar.

Training in cold temperatures requires willingness, but in addition to avoiding a number of risks, it provides several short and long-term health benefits. We list below: 


Strengthening immunity

Doing activities in cold temperatures results in the body adapting to lower temperatures. This frequent exposure increases the work of the immune system, reducing the possibility of the emergence of diseases.

Cold temperatures and viruses like the flu, for example, tend to appear less frequently.  


Fight depression

Winter facilitates the manifestation of psychological illnesses such as depression and anxiety.  

However, performing physical activities raises the levels of endorphins, a hormone responsible for well-being. Assuming that the release of the substance occurs between one and two days after training, it is important to stay active to feel the full benefits.


 Heart disease prevention

Training in cold temperatures requires stronger heart work. After all, heating up the body requires a greater amount of blood, which increases circulation and lowers blood pressure.

The consequence? Constantly clean arteries, greatly reducing the risk of serious cardiovascular problems such as heart attack, stroke, and hypertension.


What precautions to take?

When thermometers show lower numbers, we already know the importance of paying attention to details related especially to disease prevention. When training in cold temperatures, therefore:

Even if thirst is less, drink plenty of water, as reduced humidity makes your mouth dry;

Do stretching and warm-ups beforehand, seeking to reduce the possibility of muscle injuries;

Do not expose yourself to the cold right after finishing the exercise to prevent the so-called temperature inversion, which is also capable of resulting in hypothermia.

All the information in the post is already a good motivation to train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in cold temperatures, isn’t it? The simple fact of knowing that you have a healthy routine at any time of the year should be the fuel to keep the momentum going, regardless of what the thermometer points to. Be sure to exercise, even with online guidance!


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