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7 Reasons To Get Outside This Winter

Tom Malone/Adventure Tribune
People often use the winter as an excuse to sit around, be lazy, and live an idle lifestyle. Occasionally, that’s completely fine; everyone needs some quality rest and relaxation every so often.

But, sitting around inside for four month straight will do a few things for you, and none of them are positive:

1. Depression
By not getting outside during the winter, you’re depriving your body of necessary Vitamin D, which is proven to increase your happiness levels. By sitting inside all day every day, you’re not getting the sun’s natural energy booster, which is key to your mood. Even when it’s cloudy and cold, you’re still absorbing Vitamin D when you’re outside.

2. Cabin Fever
Binge-watching television shows is fine every now and again, but after a while, you’ll start to feel the urge to move, wiggle your legs, and adventure. You’ll start to feel trapped; your house will become a cage. Don’t let that happen! Get outside, so when you do come back in from the cold, your house will be a place of comfort and solitude.

3. Obesity
When you’re sitting around on the couch, you’re not burning calories like you are in the sunnier months when you’re out and about. Eating sweets all day without exercise is a recipe for obesity; the older you get, the quicker your metabolism slows down and obesity catches up quickly. Avoid it by exercising and exploring a little more, even though it’s cold.

4. Ill-Prepared for Spring
While you’re lounging from the comforts of your own home, you may make excuses like, “I’ll wait until the spring to go on that hike.” By the time spring comes around, you’re going to be so out of shape for a hike that you won’t want to go on one! So, prepare for the spring adventure season and start training now.

5. Less Interesting
In the winter, when you’re talking to your coworkers at the water cooler, it’s not super interesting to say that you spent your entire weekend watching every episode of Game of Thrones. Instead, become more interesting and go hiking, fishing, snowboarding, city-exploring, dog-walking, etc. And watch just one episode of your favorite show to keep yourself on pace.

6. Lower Energy Levels
When you get your blood flowing through exercise, your body physically has more energy, which puts you in a better mood. You’ll be more productive at work and more exciting to be around. If you just sit around inside all day, you’ll feel mopey, like Eeyore. Don’t be like Eeyore.

7. Missing Out
When you spend your day inside, you miss out on so many things: unfamiliar adventures that can only happen in the winter, familiar scenery that looks different with snow cover, and meeting new and exciting people that can push you outside of your comfort zone. Don’t miss out on something cool!

Even though it’s cold, get outside every so often and keep your adventurous spirit alive. When springtime comes and the snow melts, you’ll be happy that you didn’t miss out on the unforgettable frozen adventures.

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Tom Malone is the Editor-In-Chief of The Adventure Tribune and author of adventure novels, like Across Americana. He is based in Denver, Colorado, where he adventures through the Rocky Mountains while not traveling abroad.
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