Surprising ways how cold weather can help your body


We think of winters as a very dreadful season wherein one likes to stay in his bed all day long and drinking hot chocolate, and then suddenly when you have a really annoying itch that needs to be scratched but you have to take off countless clothes in order to reach it. So you start agonizing about how you’re going to get to that spot. But winters have a powerful biological upside too.

Cold Weather Boosts Your Brain

Colder temperatures can help you think more clearly. A 2017 study from Stanford University found that people perform some cognitive tasks, such as making decisions and staying calm, with more control when the thermostat drops—essentially, they become less impulsive. Research has also shown that people are less inclined to tackle complex tasks in the summer than in the winter—and for good reason. The brain requires glucose to function, but the body uses more of it when it’s warm in order to keep its temperature down, leaving less fuel for reasoning and recall.

Cold Weather Burns Calories

When it’s cold, your body works harder to maintain your core temperature, which is typically about 37°C. Our bodies use a considerable amount of energy to keep us warm and to humidify the air we breathe when we’re out in the cold. So lace up your boots. A 2017 American study of 53 people showed that participants burned 34 percent more calories while hiking when the temperature hovered between -5°C and -10°C than they did while hiking on 10°C days.

We Sleep Better When It’s Cold

Your body’s core temperature drops when you’re trying to sleep. This process can take up to two hours in the summer, but it’s much faster in winter. Plus, with darker mornings, you naturally sleep later.

Cold Weather Alleviates Allergies

Some allergies can decrease in the winter—those triggered by tree, grass and weed pollen, for example—as there’s less pollination in colder temperatures. However, if a person is allergic to mold, their allergies can worsen in cold temperatures since there is more of it.

Cold Weather Strengthens Your Heart

In cold weather, the heart works harder during periods of physical exertion to pump blood and maintain the body’s temperature. That’s a good thing. Exercising outdoors in the winter makes the heart muscles stronger. Once you warm up, you may be able to go farther than when it’s hot outside. 

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Thus we must cherish the winters and enjoy its beauty. As the saying by Yoko ono goes…..

“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.

 Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.”

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