In the winter it can be like running naked in the sea. But a new Scandinavian study (Where?) Found that immersing in cold water and then recovering from hot sun can give you an advantage in terms of weight loss.
In the study, researchers looked at the vitals of a group of young people who had spent at least two years swimming in cold water twice a week and compared them to a non-swimming control group.
They see people who swim regularly then sit in a sauna and burn more calories through brown fat (the type that keeps you warm). In short: immersion in cold water and then hot sauna bout can increase energy expenditure and reduce weight.
If you are thinking of taking a polar bear immersion this year, consider these tips:
- Get naked: More or less in the case of clothing. It can keep you toasted on the ground, but as the clothes get wet they cling to the skin, making the water feel even colder.
- Plug your ears: If you are prone to “ice cream headaches”, use earplugs to prevent water from accumulating in your ear canal.
- Avoid whiskey shots: Alcohol lowers your body temperature, making it difficult to handle cold water.
- To practice: Sit in an ice bath or take a cold shower for 2-3 minutes.
- View your dock: If you have heart problems, consult your doctor first, as cold water can cause an increase in heart rate and blood pressure.
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