At least if you leave, you'll get to take your timer with you!
Did anyone hear or read recently about running or working out in cold(er) weather and burning more fat? I thought I heard a story on CNN about it.
Dr. Ira Jacobs, a professor of kinesiology at the University of Toronto, for one, has researched the phenomenon of cold weather workouts and found that people can exercise for longer and harder, and thereby burn more calories, if they can slow down the rate at which their body temperature increases.
“When you work out, you produce heat, but your rate of perceived exertion is less when it’s colder, making exercise seem easier,” he said.
Indeed, research published in the journal Diabetes in 2014 shows that exposure to cold stimulates growth of brown fat, which burns calories.
But the exposure has to be repeated. “You have to feel cold for a number of weeks before there is brown fat production and an increase in calorie burn,” Dr. Jacobs said.