As we inch towards the end of November and the first day of winter, you might feel less and less like heading outside to get your exercise fix. Depending on where you live you’re probably experiencing cooler weather – or maybe really, really cold weather – and probably some snow. Please, don’t let the wintery temperature get you down!

According to Women’s Health Magazine, exercising in the cold can increase fitness benefits like lowering tension, frustration and even depression.

“The heat and humidity in the summer can drag you down and tire you faster, but cold weather is invigorating,” says fitness consultant Sean Burch. “It stimulates your senses, tunes you in to your surroundings—it makes you feel alive.”

Lace up your sneakers and head outdoors for your next workout. You’ll be glad you did!

Image source: Women’s Health Magazine