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Working out in the cold

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Created October 14, 2011 at 6:23 PM

What's the deal with exercising in the cold? I saw a guy on TV saying to put a bag of ice on your neck when you exercise to increase fat burn, I thought total woo. Then I read where The Quilt lifts in the cold, and also read a little blurb about brown fat and cold. So, is there something to this?

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on October 25, 2011
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BAT is still quite a hot topic.

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on October 14, 2011
at 11:45 PM

good article dave s.

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on October 14, 2011
at 07:46 PM

Since I spent much of my younger years very overweight I wonder if this also play a part in my aversion to cold. Some blame thyroid but mine has always been stellar.

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on October 14, 2011
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I agree on the cold showers. I would believe that I have less BAT for sure. I get cold so much easier after losing weight. I thought my body would get used to it, but it hasn't.

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Cold adaptation stimulates mitchondrial biogenesis. http://ep.physoc.org/content/88/1/141.full.pdf More cold = more mitochondria to burn my fatty-fat-fat!

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I don't have an answer, but it feels really good when I walk or bike in cold weather...better than in hot weather.

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on October 14, 2011
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Brown Adipose Tissue is brown because it has an abundance of mitochondria which is awesome because those little suckers are responsible for making energy (read burning fat/calories). Babies has a ton of this stuff because they lack the ability to regulate their temp, so the BAT helps keep them warm. As we age our BAT decreases naturally. However it is said that we keep some around the neck and upper back area. Interestingly I have read that leaner people have more BAT while heavier people have less.

Some folks do like to take cold showers to activate the BAT, maybe even to grow more BAT. It is an interesting subject.

Here's something that just came out today about it. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/10/111011112807.htm

I don't take cold showers because I am a total wimp.

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on October 14, 2011
at 07:46 PM

Since I spent much of my younger years very overweight I wonder if this also play a part in my aversion to cold. Some blame thyroid but mine has always been stellar.

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on October 14, 2011
at 07:45 PM

I agree on the cold showers. I would believe that I have less BAT for sure. I get cold so much easier after losing weight. I thought my body would get used to it, but it hasn't.

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on October 25, 2011
at 10:37 AM

BAT is still quite a hot topic.

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on October 14, 2011
at 06:32 PM

I began implementing regular "cold therapy" after reading the 4-hour body (you can see what I do and the rationale behind it here) as it was highly touted as a mechanism for reducing bodyfat via brown adipose tissue mediated thermogenesis.

I didn't notice any real difference after several months, but have continued because it does "feel good" and seems to promote energy/wellbeing.

It has long been a practice in many countries (Russia comes immediately to mind) to spend time in a sweltering hot sauna (getting beaten on by birch branches nonetheless) and then to run outside into the snow.

Alternating between hot and cold water in the shower, cold water baths, etc. have also been recommended as a way to improve recovery by forcing blood to move from the body's periphery to the center and back as well as having a positive effect on immune system function.

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on October 14, 2011
at 07:15 PM

I'm experimenting with lots of time in the pool after reading about Ray Cronise's experiements in 4 Hour Body. Interesting idea; since I'm doing pool for rehab purposes if it works, it'll be a win-win.

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on October 14, 2011
at 06:37 PM

I think there may be something to the brown fat idea (that cold = more brown fat = more efficient fat burning), but I also think that it amounts to chasing after about a 0.05% increment toward better health and isn't worth the trouble. But if you enjoy doing it...

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