The benefits of snow walking!

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Winter is here! Snow-covered landscapes often bring a sense of tranquility and beauty, but they also present an underrated walking opportunity. At WeWard, we encourage you to see snow not as an obstacle, but as a unique and beneficial environment for walking. This article explores the numerous advantages of walking in the snow and how to do it safely and enjoyably.

The hidden benefits of walking in snow


An enhanced workout

Walking in snow is physically more demanding than walking on a dry surface. This added resistance means your body works harder, leading to increased calorie burn and muscle strengthening, especially in the legs.

According to a study published in the journal Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism, researchers from Maastricht University have studied the concept of facing the cold. They suggest that regularly walking in the winter cold could be an effective way to increase your body's energy expenditure. Thus, a simple walk in the chill of winter could boost your ability to burn calories.

Furthermore, Professor Alan Mikesky, director of the human performance and biomechanics laboratory at Purdue University, highlights the additional benefits of winter walking. He explains that the brisk, cold air not only clears your mind and reduces stress but can also contribute to weight loss. Even if winter weather forces you to slow down your pace, walking in the snow or against the wind requires more energy, which can lead to greater caloric expenditure. (Source: Terrafemina)

This gives an interesting and motivating angle to encourage WeWard users to brave the cold and integrate winter walking into their daily routine.

The serene environment during a snowfall can be incredibly peaceful, offering a mental escape from daily stresses. The quietness of a snowy day creates a space for mindfulness and reflection, contributing positively to mental well-being.

Exposure to sunlight reflecting off snow can be a significant mood booster, fighting winter blues. Enjoying winter walks can also be a source of Vitamin D, a rare commodity in winter, thus all the more precious.

Safety and enjoyment tips for snow walking

Dress in layers to manage body temperature. Waterproof and insulated footwear is essential to keep feet warm and dry. Don't forget thermal gloves, a hat, and a scarf to protect against the cold.

Snow can be slippery, so choosing the right path is crucial. Well-traveled, cleared paths are safer. Consider using traction devices for your shoes for added grip.

Despite the cold, staying hydrated is essential. Also, a small snack before or during your walk can provide the extra energy needed for this more demanding activity.

How to incorporate snow walking into your routine?

Adjust your walking goals to account for the added difficulty of snow. It’s about the quality of the walk, not just the distance.

Track your snowy adventures with WeWard. The app's gamification features make each snowy step more rewarding, motivating you to embrace the winter weather.

Participating in group walks can enhance the experience. WeWard's community events are perfect for finding fellow snow enthusiasts and making your snowy walks more enjoyable and social!

Walking in snow offers unique physical and mental health benefits, along with the sheer beauty of a winter landscape. By taking the right precautions and approaching it with an open mind, snow walking can become an enriching part of your winter routine. WeWard encourages you to step into the snow (always with caution) and discover the joy and benefits it holds.

WeWard: Your guide through every season

At WeWard, we believe in harnessing the potential of each season for health and happiness. Whether it's a sunny day or a snowy evening, our app aims to transform every step into a positive impact on your health and the environment!

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