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Benefits of Winter Walking and How I Stay Warm With @BenchCanada

benefits of winter walking

Happy Wednesday everyone!  When the winter air is crisp and the ground is covered with snow, there’s nothing like taking a walk to enjoy the beauty of the season — and walking is one of the best ways to keep fit.  Just because the trees are bare and there’s a chill in the air doesn’t mean you have to forgo your daily walks outside for the dreaded treadmill (otherwise known as the “dreadmill”). Anything but! In fact, outdoor walking during winter may have surprising benefits such as:

It can strengthen your bones: Sun exposure triggers vitamin D production in the skin, and bones need the “sunshine vitamin” to make the body absorb bone-strengthening calcium properly. Not getting outside during winter months slows down production and decreases the body’s store of vitamin D.  Going for a winter walk and getting 15 minutes of sun on your face and hands two to three times per week should suffice for getting enough sun for vitamin D production.

It can improve your mood: Spending time with friends walking can have positive effects on your mood and decrease perceptions of pain. A University of Washington in Seattle study of 112 women aged 19 to 78 shows that women who took a brisk, outdoor walk for 20 minutes daily had better mood, higher self-esteem and an improved sense of well-being at the end of the eight-week study.  Personally, I love catching up with my friends with a nice winter walk.

It’s motivating: You’re more likely to complete a walking workout outdoors than on a dreadmill simply because once you get halfway through your walk the only back is to walk.  With a dreadmill you can hit “stop” and hop off any time.  

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It burns a ton of calories: Outdoor walking through the park or around the neighborhood on a cold day won’t burn any more calories than walking on a warm summer day, but walking in the snow will  because it’s harder to move your feet in the snow, and you have to  lift your legs a little higher. 

With the cooler weather fast approaching, I’ve teamed up with Bench. Canada to show you some ways that you can stay warm this winter.  In these pictures I’m wearing:

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Disclosure: Bench. Canada generously provided me with a gift card to buy an outfit of my choice.  

What’s your favorite way to stay active in the winter?
Do you like walking in the snow?

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  • Amanda - RunToTheFinish
    November 26, 2014 at 9:25 am

    SOOO Funny the calories are what i always try to trick myself in to thinking about when I’m freezing and miserable ha!! I do like running in the snow…ehh walking is only ok if it’s above freezing!

    • Janice
      November 26, 2014 at 10:07 pm

      LOL – that keeps me going on the really dreadful cold runs too 🙂

  • Laura @ Mommy Run Fast
    November 26, 2014 at 9:44 am

    You look so cute!! I love walking year round but don’t get to do as much as I’d like with two little ones. You’re right, winter walking is so energizing and always lifts my mood!

    • Janice
      November 26, 2014 at 10:04 pm

      Thanks! Yes, winter workouts really help me with SAD – I don’t know what I would be like if I wasn’t able to get out for a walk or run in the crisp winter air.

  • Diatta @ Femme Fitale Fit Club
    November 26, 2014 at 11:04 am

    I am planning on continuing to run during the Winter this year unlike last year because of all of the benefits you mentioned above. I am just gonna make sure I cover up properly. Cute clothes, love the bright colors.

    • Janice
      November 26, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      Wearing LOTS of layers makes winter running *almost* like running any other time of the year, you’ll love it!

  • Joanna @Makingmine
    November 26, 2014 at 11:45 am

    I love how that jacket zips – super cute!

    • Janice
      November 26, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      Thanks! 🙂

  • Heather @ FITaspire
    November 26, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    I love walking in the snow! I don’t like to be cold, so lots of layers. Bring on the snow!! 🙂

    • Janice
      November 26, 2014 at 9:59 pm

      Me too – I love how the snow absorbs the noise of the world. It’s rather beautiful and peaceful especially when the snow is falling.

  • Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
    November 26, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Great tips for the non runners out there. I have never heard of that brand but the color looks great on you and looks very warm

    • Janice
      November 26, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      Thanks Deborah – I think Bench is a UK brand that has expanded to Canada.

  • Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
    November 26, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    I am still all about the running, and I prefer it to be a bit warmer out.

    • Janice
      November 26, 2014 at 9:57 pm

      LOL – I prefer it to be warmer too 🙂

  • Rachel
    November 26, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    You are too cute! I love the black beanie (with the poof on top!).

    Currently in California, my winter activities I only come against rain and wind. HOwever in a few months when I move back to the midwest, I am going to have to get used to running/walking in snow/ice and frigid temperatures! Burr….

    • Janice
      November 26, 2014 at 9:56 pm

      Awwwww thanks :blush:

  • MCM Mama
    November 26, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    We don’t get a lot of snow around here, but when we do, it’s either a sloppy mess or super icy because it was a sloppy mess…

    Love the jacket. It looks so warm and cuddly.

    • Janice
      November 26, 2014 at 9:50 pm

      Oh yuck! We’re like that in the Spring time, March is just gross around here.

  • Stephanie
    November 26, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    I am not much of a cold weather person. I really struggle to get out and get moving during the winter months but that cute outfit could motivate me to get out there!

    • Janice
      November 26, 2014 at 9:56 pm

      Yes me too – I have a group of people I run with and walk with on my lunch hour so that kind of forces me out 🙂

  • Christine @ Love, Life, Surf
    November 26, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    I do like walking and running in the snow! I love the fresh air and it’s invigorating – so much better than being inside on a treadmill!

    • Janice
      November 26, 2014 at 9:49 pm

      Yes – fresh snow is the best 🙂

  • Bill
    November 27, 2014 at 2:39 am

    Wow you look awesome, i personally love winter walk and outdoor walking in cold air coz it makes my bones, mood and waistline strong.

  • Kierston
    November 27, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    LOOOOVE Bench! Looking warm 🙂

  • cm shakil
    November 30, 2014 at 7:58 am

    really nice picture……
    i like it