6 Myths About Cold Weather That You Can Officially Stop Believing This Winter

Ad failed to load

Winter gets a bad rap. It's cold, it's dark, and many people get a little low and feel less energetic during these frigid few months of the year. That being said, there are a lot of myths about cold weather that I think we need to dispel, my friends, in the name of actually trying to enjoy these colder days, and using them as a time for both activity and reflection.

Now, an interesting fact about winter that, IMO, works in its favor, is that during the month of January, the Earth reaches a point in its rotation where it is actually closer to the sun than it is all year long. Interesting, right? The drop in temperatures during the winter season is a result of the way the Earth is tilting on its axis. Personally, I like to think the Earth's proximity to that glowing red orb in the sky means that winter is a time when we're actually gaining more energy, rather than losing it.

With that in mind, here are a few commonly held cold weather myths you can ditch for good, in favor of creating a lovelier and more factually based relationship with a time of year many consider to be the most challenging and mysterious. Heck, once you let go of those old beliefs about the cold, it might actually become your favorite season. One can dream, right?

Ad failed to load

1You Can't Exercise As Much


Sure, maybe it takes a little more effort to get out there when there's snow on the ground or a chill in the air, but winter weather doesn't have to put a kibosh on your whole exercise routine. The weather might just change what it is exactly that you do for your workout. Hot yoga, for example, feels wonderful when it's frigid outside. Or maybe a long walk with your pup — with both of you all wrapped in more layers than you can count — is just what the doctor ordered.

The cold weather can also present the perfect opportunity to try a winter sport you've never dabbled in before. Might there be an snowboarder or figure skater hidden inside you, just waiting to rise to the surface? There's only one way to find out!

2Everyone Gets Depressed In The Winter

While it's certainly true that winter can be a time when many people's bodies and minds experience negative effects of the seasonal shift and change in light, — which may lead to a diagnosis of seasonal affective disorder — not everyone gets the blues during this time of year. Some people actually enjoy wintertime, and look forward to it for all the coziness, winter sport opportunities, or simply because they like the way it looks outside.

If you're one of these people, I salute you, and if not, think about incorporating winter activities that might perk up your spirits a bit, like starting a book club with friends, or checking out a new dance class. At the risk of sounding cheesy, there really is always a bright side to everything.

3You Can Skip The Sunscreen


Not so fast on putting away that SPF, my friends. Just because you aren't playing volleyball in your Speedo, or spending quite as much time outside in general, doesn't mean you should stop slathering on the sunscreen.

Your exposed skin is just as likely to be affected by those UV rays in the cold as it is when you're bouncing around in the sun.

Ad failed to load

4Dehydration Only Happens In The Summer


Yes, friends, hard as it may be to believe, you are just as likely to get dehydrated in the winter as you are in the summer. Technically speaking, a one to two percent drop in hydration is all it takes for you to be considered dehydrated, and this is just as likely to happen in winter weather as it is during warmer months.

Dr. Ralph E. Holsworth, director of clinical and scientific research for Essentia Water and medical director of Southeast Colorado Hospital, told CNN,

In a dry or high-altitude setting, you can have sweat turn right into vapor instead of forming on the skin.

Basically, it can be more difficult to tell that you're losing water when you're moving about in the cold, but the fact is, you are, indeed, still losing water. So keep that refillable bottle on you at all times, people!

5You Lose All Your Heat Through Your Head

If it's cold out, keep the exposed parts covered, right? It's a pretty good rule of thumb, but there is that rather pervasive rumor that all, or at least most, of your heat is lost through your head.

Consider that myth debunked: Your head and chest are parts of the body that are simply more sensitive to changes in temperature. Studies actually show that, in reality, only about 10 percent of your body heat is lost through your head.

6You Can Only Catch The Flu In The Winter


While there is some data to back up the notion that people get sick more frequently during the winter season, you're not necessarily 100 percent safe from getting the flu when the flower buds start growing again. And yes, while it might be more unlikely that the illness you have in the summertime is influenza, it's not totally impossible.

Let the truth about winter reign! Now, go enjoy yourself out there, no matter how cold it is. Just, you know, wear some sunscreen, and maybe a scarf or two.

Ad failed to load

Must Reads

The Travel Accessory You Need This Summer, According To Your Zodiac Sign

Leaving behind your hometown and exploring the great beyond is one of the most important things you'll ever do in your lifetime. It breaks the monotony of your daily routine, pushes you out of your comfort zone, and forces you to appreciate a world c…
By Roya Backlund

6 Commitment-Free Ways To Change Up Your Look After A Breakup, If You Feel Like It

I'm married and not breaking up (I just had to clarify before I get a call from my husband wondering what's going on). However, if for some reason we ever did separate (again, not happening!), I've imagined I'd have this Eat, Pray, Love moment where …
By Stephanie Montes

Here's Everything That's Leaving Netflix In June

Summer is here, and with it comes plenty of opportunity to binge watch more movies and TV shows that we never knew we needed in our lives. May has passed by in a blink of an eye, so I definitely need to catch up on what Netflix is getting rid of afte…
By Kristen Perrone

Cherry Print Is One Of Summer's Biggest Fashion Trends & It's So Much Sweeter Than Florals

If there's one thing that I've had my eye on this summer it's a cool, flirty cherry-print dress. Along with versatile black tops and blue denim, the color red has become a staple in my wardrobe this year and anytime I can infuse it into my daily look…
By Ariana Marsh

13 Must-Have Experiences You Should Buy In Your 20s, Instead Of A New Couch

Life is one big experience. When you hit your 20s, though, you start getting pulled in the direction of your responsibilities. It isn't totally a bad thing, but you don't want to get so wrapped into adulting that you forget life's zest. Amazing exper…
By Jasmine Vaughn-Hall

I Tried Kim Kardashian's Weird Beauty Obsession & I Can't Stop Taking Selfies

You've been there before: You're scrolling through your Instagram feed when you see your favorite celeb post about their favorite new product — a face serum, vitamins that will make your skin brighter, or a specialty food service. You can't help but …
By Stephanie Montes

Where You Should Vacation This Summer, According To Your Zodiac Sign

Summer is so much more than just sweating in 90 degree weather and enjoying a long, lazy break from school (if you're lucky enough to still be in school). It's a time for making exciting new plans, falling madly and hopelessly in love, opening your m…
By Roya Backlund

Wander or Bust: The Amalfi Coast May Just Be The Most Beautiful Thing You'll Ever See

Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink, a…
By Kaylin Pound

6 Brutally Honest Phases Of Life After A Breakup, Because You Will Survive 

If you've ever been through a bad breakup, you know that the struggle is real. For the weeks (or possibly months, if it was a really bad one) that follow, life can be rough, but there is always light at the end of the tunnel. Don't believe me? Just l…
By Rachel Shatto

Here's How You Can Find Out What Your Aura Color Is

Do you remember that movie Almost Famous? More specifically, the scene where William is trying to have a phone call with his mom, but a clairvoyant Band-Aid keeps shouting "Your aura is purple!" in his face? Well, that was the first time I had ever h…
By Roya Backlund

9 Women In Their 20s Reflect On The Advice They Wish They Had At Graduation

Graduating college can feel seriously scary. You've spent your entire life in school, working and preparing for the moment you enter the real world, but what happens when you get there? What if things don't go totally according to plan? You may have …
By Brittney Morgan

3 Early Signs You Are Going To Have Undeniable Chemistry With Your Crush

I don't know if there's anything better than the excitement of having a new crush — especially when that feeling's reciprocated. The butterflies that rush through your stomach as soon as they enter a room. The electricity that zips through your veins…
By Genevieve Wheeler

Emoji Pool Floats Are Here To Match Every Mood You’re In This Summer

Searching for the perfect poolside accessory to lounge around in this summer? This year’s hottest warm weather water trend isn’t a big floppy hat or designer sunglasses — it’s an emoji pool float. That’s right: Your favorite little digital expression…
By Rachel Murphy

Here's How Your Mood & Your Favorite Music Are Secretly Connected, According To Science

If you're someone who's likely to be found with ear buds in her ears at all times, you might not realize just how often you listen to music, or the ways in which it's really affecting you. From your morning commute to the tunes you blast while you co…
By Caroline Burke

This Is How Long It Takes For A Partner To Really Trust You, According To Experts

Trust is easily one of the most important parts of a healthy relationship, but typically, it's not something that's fully there from the start because it takes some time to build. How long it takes for a partner to trust you is a question that doesn'…
By Tayi Sanusi

7 Things You Forgot To Thank Your High School Friends For & Should ASAP

Friends are a dime a dozen, but a solid, genuine group of girlfriends can be difficult to come by. When you find your tribe, you need to stick with them until the end. For some lucky people, your high school friends have been your besties since day o…
By Rachel Chapman

These 3 Zodiac Signs Will Have The Best Week, So Bask In The Glory

It's officially the second week of May, and the warmth of spring has finally arrived. The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and the bright weather is allowing everyone to finally break out their favorite pair of shorts. If you think the gorgeou…
By Roya Backlund

7 Men Reveal What Attracted Them To Their Last Crush & They'll Make You Swoon

He reminded me of Nate Archibald from Gossip Girl. That's legitimately what I found appealing about my most recent crush. Sorry, but it doesn't get any deeper than that. In other instances though, when I'm not trying to live out my lustful, adolescen…
By Sydnee Lyons

A Relationship Expert Reveals His Long-Distance Relationship Survival Guide

"Long-distance relationships are extremely relaxing and easy to navigate," said no one in a long-distance relationship ever. Whether you are bicoastal babes or a quick two-hour train ride apart, distance makes the heart grow fonder, but it also makes…
By Kimmy Foskett