How maintaining a great walking pace in cold weather?

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Winter's arrival often brings a chill that can dampen our enthusiasm for outdoor activities. Yet, walking in colder weather isn't just feasible; it's invigorating and beneficial. Yes, WeWard encourages you to embrace the winter air! After all, a brisk walk in the cold is not only a refreshing change but also a robust health booster.


The Science of cold weather walking

The health benefits unveiled

Walking in cold weather can seem daunting, but it's a powerful catalyst for health. A study conducted by researchers at Laurentian University in Canada provides a compelling reason to lace up your sneakers and head out for a run in the cold. Published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, it suggests that exercising at temperatures near 0 °C could burn more fat than usual, at least for high-intensity interval training (HIIT). It turns out that high-intensity exercise in cold weather triples lipid oxidation compared to normal temperatures.
It's not just about burning calories; the cold air enhances oxygen intake, improving lung function and boosting mental sharpness.
The release of endorphins and dopamine during a chilly walk is like nature's own mood-lifter. These 'feel-good' hormones improve our mood and energy levels, combatting the winter blues. Plus, the increased physical challenge in colder conditions means a more vigorous workout for your body.


Practical tips for cold weather walking

Dressing in layers is key. Start with moisture-wicking fabrics close to your skin and add layers for insulation. The top layer should be windproof and waterproof.
Your hands, feet, and ears are most susceptible to the cold. Wear gloves, thermal socks, and a hat or ear warmers. These small additions make a significant difference in your comfort level.
A brief indoor warm-up increases your body temperature and prepares your muscles. Simple exercises like jumping jacks or running in place for a few minutes are effective.

Innovative approaches to winter walking

Winter transforms landscapes. Take this opportunity to explore new walking paths or parks. The change of scenery can be mentally stimulating and keeps your walks interesting. Depending on where you are, you can also discover Christmas markets!


Participating in community walking events or joining a walking group can provide motivation and social interaction, vital during the isolating winter months. WeWard's November 2021 simultaneous walk across 14 cities is an excellent example of communal motivation!

Gamification for motivation

Our approach, inspired by cognitive sciences, gamifies walking. Setting daily goals, earning virtual currency, and competing with friends can turn a regular walk into an exciting challenge.


Winter walking – A step towards a healthier you

Walking in the cold might require a bit more preparation, but it offers unique rewards: better health, improved mood, and the beauty of a winter landscape. By incorporating these tips into your routine, you embrace not just the cold, but a healthier, more active lifestyle. And with WeWard, every step in the chilly air gets you closer to exciting rewards and a positive impact on the environment.


WeWard: Your Companion for every step!

With over 20 million users, WeWard is not just an app but a movement towards a healthier society and planet. By increasing walking time by an average of 24%, we're contributing to significant CO2 reduction. Join us in this journey, and let's make every step count, regardless of the season!

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