Move over hot yoga, there’s a new work out trend on the rise! While the ‘hot’ exercise trends are a good way to sweat up a storm, the opposite temperature could be the next big thing.
Don’t get us wrong, we’re not talking about freezing temps—more like brisk 62 degrees Fahrenheit. The growing theory is that lower temperatures mean that you’ll burn more calories. Your brown fat will be working hard!
What’s brown fat you’re wondering? It’s the fat located on the back of your neck, shoulders, and spine—found mostly on newborn babies or hibernating animals. When babies or these animals get cold, the brown fat gives off heat to keep them warm in cold temps. Sure, we’re not babies anymore, and brown fat decreases with age, but it can still be a factor in our fitness routines.
Working out in cold temperatures means you’re burning calories from the workout itself. In addition, you’re body is simultaneously burning energy by creating heat through the brown fat. So if you don’t feel like being covered in a non-stop thin (sometimes thick) layer of sweat, the cooler temps would help.