Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Cold Conditions Lower a Runner's Heart Rate by 6 Percent

A study by St Mary’s University in London states that winter is actually the best time of year to go jogging – because the cold makes it easier on your body. The study has found that cold conditions bring a runner’s heart rate down by 6 percent as less blood is pumped out to the skin to dissipate heat.

The study put athletes through 40-minute runs at 72 degrees Fahrenheit and 46 degrees Fahrenheit. At the hotter temperature, they were under greater cardiovascular strain, leading to impaired performance. This supports previous evidence that the skin needs increased blood flow when it is warm.

The research suggests that the winter conditions could potentially shave two minutes off of your 10k time.

Keep reaching for life's mileposts!

Gotta Run,

Paul Staso, Founder & President
The P.A.C.E. Fitness Foundation, Inc.

P.A.C.E. is a non-profit organization aimed at Promoting Active Children Everywhere.