Harvard Women's Health Watch

Exercising outdoors in cold weather

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By Dr. Anne Fabiny, Editor in Chief, Harvard Women's Health Watch

I'm a real advocate for exercising outdoors in all types of weather. It's a great way to get the health benefits of physical activity and experience the changing seasons at the same time. And I never feel as invigorated as I do when I finish a winter run. If you aren't a runner, a walk might have the same effect.

Fall and winter are great times to be outdoors in New England. The air quality is usually better than in the late spring and summer because pollen and mold counts are down. Of course, the temperature is also lower, and I'm someone who is often cold. But that's not a good excuse to stay inside.

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