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To Maintain Your Health and Fitness, Don’t Take a Winter Break from Exercise

by Carolyn Butler | Jan 20, 2012
Although we’ve had a bit of a cold-weather reprieve this year, there’s nothing like rapidly plunging temperatures to encourage hibernation at all costs. But if you want to maintain your health, there’s no such thing as a winter break from exercise. “You need a consistent, year-round program in order to stay well, not only physically but also psychologically,” says B. Don Franks, professor emeritus of kinesiology at the University of Maryland at College Park. He notes that regular exercise can positively impact mood, weight control, energy level, stress and sleep, among other pluses. For example, a 2010 study found that adults who worked out on a consistent basis had significantly lower rates of depression than those who did so irregularly. Research has also shown that a hiatus from training can result in added pounds that are difficult to shed, even once you start exercising again.
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