|Early morning at Lake Padden|
Nevertheless, it shows the excellent weather and lack of wind as we set out for a chilly walk. By the time I had reached the far shore of the lake, however, I was pulling off clothing and marveling at how warm it suddenly seemed. It's that effort that makes me warm. When you exercise in temperatures below 64 degrees, you increase the amount of calories you burn, according to a study at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. It was 35 when we started out and warmed to around 40°F by the time we finished.
I found this interesting website online while looking for information about why it feels so good to exercise when it's cold outside. This one lists six reasons why it's even more important to exercise in winter. It says that
The rise in your body temperature, during a workout, has a soothing, calming effect on your body, not unlike a long soak in a warm bath or lying in front of the heater.I can attest to the truth of that statement. Anyway, I'm not done for the day, but I certainly do feel soothed and calm right now!