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Adapting To The Cold

I will be honest. I HATE cold weather. I freeze when it's 70 degrees! I've always been cold natured and spend most of the winter wearing jackets inside and out! Now in Georgia-- we've had a couple of pretty cold mornings (believe me, I know because my dogs get walked in the morning!). But for now we're back to mild temps.

I found this information interesting... and maybe you will too! I'm not sure I'll try these out-- but let me know if you do!

It takes our bodies a while to adjust to cold weather. But they DO adapt. Studies have found we tend to shiver more at the beginning of winter than at the end. Because by January, we're used to it.

But there are a couple of ways to make your body adjust more quickly: A fast way, and a REALLY fast way. Just be warned, the really fast way sounds miserable, and you shouldn't do it if you have heart issues . . .

1. The fast way: Spend more time in the cold, and LET yourself be cold. Don't bundle up every time you go out for a few minutes. Or just wear a light jacket, not a coat.

Obviously don't do anything dangerous. But the idea is the more you're exposed to cold weather, the faster you'll adapt. Turning your thermostat down also helps.

2. The really fast way: Start taking COLD SHOWERS. The U.S. Army has put a lot of money into studying how our bodies adapt to the cold. And they found that cold showers and baths really speed things up.

One expert says to go slow by starting your shower off with 15 seconds of cold water before warming it up. Then each day, add 10 more seconds of cold water.

After a while, your body gets used to the cold. So your blood vessels don't constrict as much . . . you're less likely to shiver . . . and cold weather won't bother you. 


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