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Did you every wonder if Cold Weather Burns Calories??

Friday, January 24, 2014

Ok with all this vortex happening in my area I began to wonder if I’m benefiting from walking outside in sub-zero weather over (boring) waking around an inside circle. emoticon

So of course I did what I always do when I have a perplexed question … emoticon I GOOGLED it.

And I give credit to the following site for the Info found

So first off - Does breathing cold air increases calorie burn? (oh I so hope!)

It seems feasible to think that the extra energy it takes to warm the cold entering your body should burn some extra calories, but unfortunately the number is pretty low — emoticon especially if you're already moving and becoming warm from exercise.

But it's not all a loss! If you are looking for a major calorie burn this season, add emoticon to the mix — you'll definitely be able to work off that extra peanut butter kiss cookie (or two or three). But emoticon , especially when it's deep and heavy, adds resistance to your workouts when doing exercises such as emoticon or emoticon . This does result in a higher caloric burn than if there was no resistance at all.

Adding resistance also tones your muscles more effectively, so if you have the choice to hit the emoticon, the gym or go for a hike in the emoticon woods, I bet you can guess which offers more emoticon for your emoticon

Next - Fact or Fiction: Working Out in the Cold Burns More Calories.

You may have heard that exercising in the cold burns more calories than exercising in moderate temps, but is this a fact or myth? It's sensible to assume that the effort it takes to warm up your body burns more calories, but it's not as simple as that.

Shivering does burn calories —(remember Maxine - she was right) that involuntary tensing of muscles to warm the body burns about 200 for every 30 minutes. So if you're not wearing enough layers (WHAT emoticon Are you NUTS!) and you're cold while working out in low temps, then your body burns more calories to keep warm.

In a study of "scantily clad" exercisers, (ya right) the participants burned 13 percent more calories in the cold than when they performed the same type of exercise at room temperature (450 compared to 400). (ya think it's worth it emoticon ) But don't take the above to mean that you should dress in less to increase calorie burn. It's important to dress appropriately to both protect your skin and to prevent hypothermia.

Well guess the rebel in me took the last statement as a dare. So I’m switching up a bit and here is the NEW ME - in my new walking attire for this winter!

Cute hu? YA THINK emoticon You bet baby… Oh I put on the shades to protect the innocent emoticon ME
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