You might be wondering if taking a week or two out of your schedule and jetting off for some warm-weather training is worth the time and money—and that’s a fair question. Like us, you’ve probably got a solid routine in place to beat the winter blues. However, there’s a reason the who’s who of the sporting world swap grey skies for sunshine once temperatures begin to plummet.
For starters, numerous studies show the physiological benefits of warm-weather training. Just switching up your routine to soak up some vitamin D is a real mood booster that filters into your performance. Of course, the feel-good factor and great tan are not the only reasons to chase the sun: Working up a sweat in high temperatures is way more challenging on your body. Blood plasma levels also increase in the heat, ensuring endurance improves once you return to those chilly conditions back home.