Hot, sticky summer days are not usually a favorite. You probably find yourself bemoaning the high temperature and the feeling that you may be melting. You may also be thinking about the fact that the sun can attribute to a lot of skin damage. However, even with all those negatives, the heat also offers you an amazing reason to lather on some SPF 30 sunscreen and get going. A new study has found heated exercise to be much more beneficial for the human body. Every exercise enthusiast knows that the six-pack actually starts with what you eat. It is also known that exercise can greatly impact what usually finds its way to your plate. On the other hand, some people also have the tendency to reward their bodies after all that physical exertion by consuming more calories. This is one of the reasons why many people actually end up gaining weight when they start exercising.
Vine Vera reviews a study that was conducted by a group of researchers working for the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. According to this study, the external temperature during exercise plays a huge role on your appetite and how likely you are to eat after completing your workout. The researchers mention that they already knew that swimmers usually eat more after exercise when compared to those who perform similar amounts of exercise on land. Therefore, in order to test whether the cold temperature of the water led to this increase of appetite, the researchers recruited 16 sedentary adults and tested them on a treadmill. After making these adults exercise in warm conditions (20 degrees C) and cold conditions (8 degrees C), the participants of the study were offered a sumptuous all you can eat buffet.
Things like the metabolic rate, the appetite hormones and the endurance capacity of each participant were noted before the exercise, after the exercise and after the entire meal. It was interesting to note that participants did not burn extra calories while exercising under chilly conditions. This finally laid the one of those exercise myths to rest as it was proved that the body didn’t have to work harder in cold conditions. Researchers also discovered that those who work out under warm conditions burn more calories because the body must work a lot harder so that it keeps itself cool.
Additionally, the researchers of this study also determined that exercising in cooler conditions made the participants to feel hungrier, forced them to consume more carbohydrates and made them pile up more food on their plates. According to Corrine Caillaud, an Associate Professor at the University of Sydney, the findings clearly indicate that those who exercise under hotter conditions eat less later on. She also mentioned that the latest research shall further explore the impacts that exercising in heated conditions has on the metabolism. Caillaud says that this research shall particularly target the expression of the heat shock proteins in the body for weight management and glucose control.
Vine Vera also came across another 2010 study which showed compared the different ways the body burns fuel under 40C conditions and 20C conditions. This study discovered that exercising in the same intensity under 40C conditions actually increased the muscle glycogen oxidation for all the participants of the study. Yet another study conducted in the year 2010 found that heat might actually improve the overall athletic performance.
This makes it evidently clear that you can maximize your calorie burn by exercising in heated conditions. The good news is that irrespective of the weather, you can always use it to your advantage and manage to stimulate your body differently in order to prevent it from plateauing.