7 reasons to hit the gym during winter

Fitness & Training Tips
By Marek
Marek

About Marek

I believe that I haven´t reached my full CrossFit potential and have plenty of room for improvement, as an athlete and as a coach. Becoming a part of Ignite brings me a step closer to fulfilling my dreams and I’ll do my best to help all of you to reach yours.
It can get little bit harder to stay motivated with your training heading into the cooler months of the year so here are a couple of quick health why’s to keep you on track this winter.
1. Increase longevity
One of longevity indicators is muscular strength. You will lower the risk of death by simply putting on some muscle mass. Muscle is protective against cancer and other diseases, but will also help you to be mobile and reactive in the case of fall.
2. Energy boost
Instead of downing energy drinks or coffee, try to hit the gym. Even after 20 minutes of training there is major increase in energy levels compared to just sitting down and doing nothing. Even though you might feel more tired straight after a workout, you will feel the energy increase during the recovery period.
3. Reduce stress
Strenuous exercise can be just as effective as yoga in lowering stress levels. There is nothing better than leaving the gym satisfied after a solid session, and feeling like you have done something good for yourself.
4. Prevent depression
We have all heard of the the post exercise high, but the benefits of training extend far beyond. Exercise can be as effective in reducing symptoms as antidepressants, and it also may prevent depression from ever occurring, by improving your hormonal balance. 
5. Increase insulin sensitivity
Exercise improves insulin sensitivity in every population. Weight lifting and high intensity training are great way to build more muscle which increasing the number of insulin receptor sites and boosts your body’s requirements for glucose.
6. Improve reproductive health and libido
Exercise is effective at improving reproductive function and libido in people who are overweight or have diabetes because of how it balances hormones. Both weight training and aerobic exercise improve body composition, build muscle and reduce body fat.
7. Stronger bones
Everyone knows exercise builds muscle, but it also increases the strength of bone and connective tissue. This reduces the risk of fracture to bones and sprain to joints.
Hopefully this gives some more incentive to get to the gym next time you don’t feel like it. But remember, for an ever lasting motivation to train it is important to match your training to your goals.

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