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Cold Weather Calorie Burn

on January 12, 2016

It’s been darn cold around here lately, and that got me wondering whether we burn more calories in the cold.  Apparently we do, even when we are not shivering, which is great news!  So, make sure to add an outdoor workout to your winter fitness plans, if you haven’t already!

According to this article, http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/02/how-being-cold-burns-calories/283810/, just a drop in the temperature of your indoor environment makes a difference in how many calories you burn.  So, in addition to getting outside, save yourself a few dollars and turn down the thermostat a few degrees.  It will help your health by enabling you to get better sleep and force your body to vary your temperature depending on the time of year, as well as burning extra calories.  Any time your body encounters hot or cold, it works harder to regulate your temperature, causing a slight increase in caloric burn.  The other advantage is that your fat actually burns more calories in the cold.  Usually, your muscle is the best at burning calories, but when you’re cold, your fat gets into gear, too.  That’s great for your heart and your waistline!

I know not everyone is real keen on being cold, but if it helps your health and burns more calories, isn’t it worth it?  The fresh air from just getting outside does your mind and your body good, keeps you from getting sick as often, and helps you to sleep more soundly at night.  Add some exercise and you’ll burn more than you do for a gym workout of the same type.  So, you can save time and money by not having to make the trip to the gym and you get a better calorie burn, especially if you can vary your routine.  Even 100 calories a day can help with a weight-loss goal, so challenge yourself and venture into the chilly weather to see if you feel a difference.

So, what are you waiting for?  Set a date for a workout outside.  Make it today and see how much you benefit from taking a brisk walk or run in the cold.  You can lift weights or do circuit training, but whatever you do, make sure you do it outside to burn those extra calories.  It’s fun and beneficial, giving you room for a little indulgence here and there!  And that makes life just a little sweeter!

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