Like all seasons summer comes to an end and with it comes the chill morning run and the need to change a few of your habits. While some athletes embrace winter's chill as a welcome change from the summer heat. Others have questions about how the weather change will affect their health and workouts. Remember that exercising with proper nutrition (and proper clothing) offers the opportunity to chase away the chills. An aerobic workout can increase your metabolism by 7 to 10 times above the resting level. In the summer, your body sweats heavily to dissipate this heat that your body generates. But in the winter, the warmth helps you survive the cold. Runners can create a tropical environment within minutes of starting exercise if they wear a running suit. Because food provides the fuel needed to generate body heat, the right nutrition is particularly important for athletes who are exposed to the cold outdoors. This article addresses some common questions and concerns about winter and nutrition and offers tips to help you enjoy the season. After all you worked so hard to achieve that summer body why not keep it during the winter so that you are ready for that summer wardrobe next year?
Carry A Snack
Why Am I Hungrier in the Winter?
A lower body temperature can stimulate the appetite and so you may experience hunger pangs. Therefore, if you become chilled during winter exercise, you'll likely find yourself searching for a snack. Nothing can cut into your morning run like a case of the munchies. Eating helps the body to generate body heat, and helps you to keep warmer during cold weather. Food's overall warming effect is known as thermogenesis (meaning "heat making"). 30 to 60 minutes after you eat, your body generates about 10 percent more heat than when you have an empty stomach. This increased metabolism primarily from energy released during digestion. Eating not only provides fuel for your workout but also increases heat production.
Do I Burn More Calories When I'm Cold?
Why Do I Shiver When I'm Cold?
Shivering is involuntary muscle tensing that generates heat, this is that way your body ensure that your body temp stays at a safe level. When you first become slightly chilled at anytime, you'll find that your body will involuntary start doing an isometric type of muscle tensing that can increase your metabolic rate two to four times. As you get further chilled, you'll find yourself hopping from foot to foot and moving around. This is Nature's way to get you to generate heat and warm your body. If you start to shiver due to your internal body temp dropping, vigorous muscular contractions will start. This will generate lots of heat—and perhaps burn up to 400 calories per hour. Such intense shivering quickly depletes your muscle sugars (glycogen) stores and drains your energy. This is when you'll be glad you have some emergency food in your pocket!
What's Biggest Nutritional Mistake Athletes Make in the Winter?
What's Best Way to Eat to Warm Myself Up?
If you become chilled by cold weather or other thngs:
- Wear sweaty, wet clothing that drains body heat
- Not to wear a hat (30 to 40 percent of body heat can get lost through the head)
- Drink icy water (from a water bottle chilled by the weather)
... the best way to warm yourself up is to consume warm carbohydrates—hot cocoa (look of sugar free), steaming soup, as well as oatmeal, chili, or pasta (quinoa is the healthiest). The warm food, added to the thermogenic effect of eating, will help you recovery quickly.
Why Do I Gain Weight in the Winter?
Supplementing Helps Keep You Fit
With the summer produce no longer available for your meals and the holiday's treats you may not be getting the proper nutrition that your body needs to maintain the health you desire. Lack of nutrition can cause you to eat more and have a impact on your waist line. When you are lacking the vitamins, minerals, amino acids and omegas that your body needs you will have less energy and mental clarity. Most the time you can not get the daily nutritional needs your body requires through your food alone. Even during the summer months it is hard to get your daily nutritional needs through food. That can be taken care of with a whole food supplement such as our Nitro-Vi or Kryptonite. Both of these have 100% of your daily nutritional needs to help keep your fueled and energized through any season of the year!
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