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MADISON, Wis. - The
cold is taking a toll on our bodies. But it can’t be all bad when new research
says it can help you lose weight.
Juliete Pellicane doesn’t usually workout inside.
“I feel like I’m stuck
in a dark box all the time,” said Pellicane, who would rather run outside, but
the constant cold has kept her captive.
“I remember after
Thanksgiving we had that one really nice Sunday,” she said. “That was the last
time I went outside to work out.”
A new study reported
in “Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism” suggests being chilly, though, can
help you lose more weight.
“Is it going to show
up on a scale,” asked UW Kinesiology Professor Ron Carda. “You’re going to have
to do a whole lot of shivering.”
Professor Carda says
lower temps increases your body metabolic rate, which burns calories. In fact,
shivering raises that rate up to five times. Although a thermostat, recommended
at 65-degrees, is nothing like when the mercury falls below zero.
“I think it’s trying
to put a positive spin to an uncomfortable situation,” said Carda.
student Christopher Poellinger braves the cold and runs around campus every
couple days. But he dresses appropriately for it.
“I kind of layer it
so, I wear a pair of running tights and then running sweat pants over that,”
The Professor also
recommends running into the wind to start, with it at your back near the
Nobody really likes
the cold, but maybe new research can convince Pellicane to ditch her old
workout and conquer the cold.
“I just want the sun
and ice to go away,” she said. “They have warm weather gear so you can stay
warm, but that only does so much.”
If you plan to change
your thermostat, researchers suggest starting out at 70-degrees and lower it in
two-degree increments and over time, you sort of get used to it.
Saturday, January 25 2014, 02:56 PM CST
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