The mercury may be falling, but there is no reason heart rates can’t rise as winter sets in. Every year, the media bombards us with stories making the claim that as the sun sets earlier and earlier, fitness regimes suffer because men, women, and children allegedly forgo venturing out into the frozen tundra, something they need to be doing to combat holiday weight gain.
In 2000, a study appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine called common claims of gaining five pounds unsupported. Instead, it found a gain of one pound during the season each year that is retained each year. The same year, The Nutritional Review released a study saying a normal-weight person gains about 0.8 pounds on average, and five pounds or more of weight gain in the season was seen in 14 percent of the overweight and obese individuals participating in the study. However, for all groups, the holiday period accounted for 51 percent of an individual’s weight gain.
There is some cause for concern, but thankfully, there are plenty of ways and reasons to workout — indoors or outdoors — once the temperature starts to drop. So what if the sun is shining a little less? Find out ways to stay active this winter.