My personal feeling (and I believe I’m not alone) is that winter is for curling up with a mug of cocoa and a good book, not for donning a windbreaker and running for miles through snow and ice. Yet every winter, I see people not only voluntarily strapping on skis and snowshoes, but also doggedly continuing their usual outdoor workout routines by jogging or hiking in the cold, bundled up and seemingly oblivious to the inclement weather.
Being a person that you might describe as “indoorsy,” I pity these poor souls, who obviously didn’t get the memo that if God had wanted us to be outside in the winter, he wouldn’t have created hot toddies.
It’s easy to assume that winter sports enthusiasts and outdoor exercisers can accomplish superhuman feats of thermogenesis, but in fact, the cold is mostly a psychological hurdle, not a physical one. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or just someone who wants to go for the occasional winter bike ride, knowing how cold affects the body can help you prepare to battle the blusters.
The Heat Is Off Exercising is an especially good idea during wintertime because people so often feel heavy and sluggish during that season. Our bodies have evolved to respond to cold weather by becoming hungry; burning fuel creates heat, which warms us up. During the winter, some people also experience increased appetites because of the decreased amount of daylight, which prompts these individuals to eat starchy, carb-heavy foods that cause serotonin levels to spike and make them feel better temporarily. All of these circumstances conspire to make us pasty and pudgy in the winter, but regular exercise is all we need to counteract them. Getting moderate exercise not only keeps us thinner but also can keep us healthier by boosting our immune system. Studies have shown that people who get regular exercise in the winter experience 20 to 30 percent fewer colds than non-exercisers.
Waves of cool air will continue to roll in from Canada and into the midwestern and northeastern United States into next week.
If you want to have a bright, colorful garden in the fall, it is important to find plants that bloom when other plants are past their prime.
Depending on the track and speed of Harvey, enough rain may fall on portions of Texas and Louisiana to bring the risk of major flooding from Friday to early next week.
On the heels of Typhoon Hato, residents from the Philippines to southeastern China and Taiwan are being put on alert for a new tropical threat.
Hato will barrel across southeastern China with flooding rain into Thursday.
Rain will ease drought conditions in southern India while tropical cyclones may pack a punch along part of the Indian Ocean coastline and typhoons threaten the Philippines, eastern China and Japan.
A tropical disturbance that will continue to douse Florida with downpours into the end of the week is being monitored for possible development along the southeastern United States coast.
Temperatures will again be on the rise over much of the western United States and will raise the risk of wildfire ignition and poor air quality this weekend.