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5 Health Benefits of Cold Weather

Winter doesn’t have to be a burden to your health—it might just be good for you.

Woman jumping in the snow, enjoying the health benefits of winter

Cold weather has always been notorious for bringing about sickness and ailments. But despite what you’ve been told about the gloom winter delivers, cold weather can actually be really good for your health. Here are five health benefits of cold weather.

1. It may help you burn off calories

Studies show that exercising in cold weather or even just shivering while on that short walk from your office to your car can burn extra calories.

2. It can help you fight off infections

You might be more susceptible to colds in the winter time, but according to this study, when your immune system adapts to cold environments, its ability to fight off infection gets stronger.

3. It can help you get a better night’s sleep

Many studies have proven that sleeping in a cold room can improve your quality of sleep and help you get to sleep quicker. So, there’s no harm in kicking your thermostat down a few notches at night.

Related: Cold Weather Workouts -- How to Stay Fit When It's Cold

4. It can improve your brain function

You might feel a little sluggish at times during winter, but research shows that cold weather may boost your brain activity and get you thinking clearly. Keep that in mind before your next work presentation during the winter season.

5. It can give your heart a kickstart

When you’re exercising in the cold air, your heart works double time to keep you warm. So, if you want to stay active in the winter, a brisk jog in the cold air might do you some good. Though, be cautious in the winter if you suffer from heart disease.

Related: How to Stay Fit and Motivated through Winter

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Chakell Wardleigh
Chakell has a B.A. in English and is a magazine editor. She enjoys exercising, laughing with family and friends, and online shopping. She strives to be as versatile as cauliflower, which she often turns into pizza.