Winter is Here.
And so are some interesting tips to keep you motivated this cold season!
- Colder temperatures help people think clearly. Research shows that people perform tasks better when the room temperature is set at a cooler setting than a warmer one. What's more, other research shows that people are less inclined to tackle cognitive problems in the summer, as opposed to winter, because the summer uses more glucose that's needed for mental processes. So, getting outdoors for a brisk walk to a local coffee store in the wintertime could give you your next big idea for a work presentation.
- When it's cold, your body works harder to maintain your core temp. Our bodies use a considerable amount of energy to keep us warm, and humidify the air we breathe when we're out in the cold.
Here's a fun scientific one for you...
- Most fat in human beings appears whitish in color, while brown fat is the mitochondria-packed fat cells that burn energy and produces heat in the body. It was thought that only babies had brown fat, however, a study found that adults have some brown fat, and people with lower body mass index (BMI) tended to have a higher content of brown fat. Research has shown that when men are exposed to cooler temps, they have an increase in brown fat—and a corresponding boost in metabolism.
- You know how ice packs are used to decrease swelling and pain after an injury? Well, you might notice your joints feeling less swollen or puffy in winter, because the cold air acts like a natural ice pack to decrease inflammation.
- Yes, you might get more colds during the winter (not so great), but you are actually better primed to kick your immune system into gear and fight the infection more effectively. Studies have shown that the human immune system can be activated when exposed to the cold, and this enhances someone's ability to fight infections.
- Moderately cold temperatures could be good for skin's health because it constrains blood vessels in the skin. This makes the vessels less prone to redness and swelling, as a result of a reduction in blood flow. Plus, you tend to produce less oil and sebum in the winter, so you may have fewer breakouts. Find out the things dermatologists do in winter to keep their skin healthy.
- Cold weather can actually do your heart some good when you're bracing it for your winter workouts outdoors. Cold weather makes working out a fun and challenging activity, and the heart will have to pump more oxygenated blood to not only compensate for the activity but also to ensure that the body maintains a warm enough temperature to stay within balance and to avoid any risks from a drop in temperature. What's more, exercising in the winter makes heart muscles stronger.