3. Running can help prevent SAD.
“When the days get shorter and the temperature plummets, many people suffer from Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD),” Holland says. “Running helps release powerful hormones that help combat this depression, increasing positive mood states during the cold weather months.” And taking your run outdoors helps boost your mood even more: One study published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology found that people who exercised outdoors reported increased energy, decreased feelings of depression, and were more likely to repeat their workouts.

4. Running will keep your metabolism going strong.
“If you believe in evolutionary theory, our bodies are programmed to preserve our fat stores in the winter, slowing down our metabolisms in direct response to our decreased exercise levels,” Holland says. “Running in the cold serves to ‘trick’ the body, preventing this seasonal slowdown of metabolism and helping to maintain a healthy weight.”

5. It’s never too early to get ready for bikini weather.
“Many people wait to run until the weather warms up, attempting to get beach-body ready when it’s too late,” Holland says. Maintaining your regular routine, no matter what the weather, keeps excuses at bay and helps you stay on track for weight loss (or maintenance) all year round. “Running in the cold ensures that the weight will come off long before the clothes have to!”

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