Any workout buff knows that a good routine is the one that gets you sweaty all over. It’s the reason exercising in warmer temperatures have gone so popular recently. The hotter, the better, as the mantra goes. However, there’s a new fitness trend that’s gotten hotter (figuratively) than hot workouts.
And ironically, it’s not (literally) hot: ‘cold’ workouts. Cold workouts are what they sound like: exercising in the cold.
Some boutique gyms are holding classes in cooler temperatures, setting the thermostat at a super chilly 45 degrees to tolerably cold 60 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on the type of workout sessions. Some Utah residents are trying these at home as well, lowering their ACs in home gyms to keep the cool. Just ask Whipple Service Champions.
So why exactly are people going gaga over cold workouts? It’s simple: losing weight and sustaining routines.
Going Slim in the Chill
Being exposed to a cool environment activates brown fat. The good fat. It’s not the stored fat in your body, but actually, the type of fat that creates heat by burning energy — and thus burn calories. But how exactly does the cold activate this good fat?
Well, when you’re exposed to cooler temperatures, the body finds a way to keep you warm. And so, it turns to burning fat, creating heat in the body and thus, regulating internal temperature. So, if you think about it, exercising in the cold has double returns.
You’re not just burning up calories in the workout itself, but also activating the brown fat, which also burns up calories. If you want to take advantage of these weight loss benefits, but don’t want to spend much on a gym membership, the best way is to set up a ‘cool’ home gym.
Call experts who provide air conditioning service; Salt Lake City specialists can help you set up a cool environment for your workouts.
No Sweat, No Limits
Some people choose cold workouts simply because it pushes them harder. When you’re in hotter temperatures, it’s easy for you to sweat; therefore even with just a few runs or sit-ups, with large drops of sweat pooling up in your neckline, you feel like you’ve exerted enough and worked harder. With cooler temperatures, it’s harder to break a sweat, so you push harder.
What’s more, the body takes longer to grow fatigue when in cooler temperatures, so you’re more likely to spend long hours working out. And since you sweat less, you preserve hydration in the body which revs up the muscles better.
The best way to know if cold workouts are really cool is to try them. So, get moving in the cold.