Does running in the cold burn more calories?


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With my new resolve (and gear) I boldly stepped out in the Baltic weather for a bracing run, trying to fend off the impending shivers and running a little faster to get to a decent temperature to keep warm.  A thought drifted in my head as I ran to my new Spotify playlist: do we burn more calories in the cold?  The jury’s out a little bit on this one.

According to an article by Women’s Health, as your metabolic rate needs to work a bit harder to keep warm you do actually increase your work rate, but not significantly so it makes much of a difference.   Triathlete says it actually doesn’t make any difference unless you run in very heavy clothing (!) or through snow.

So there you go, what do you think?

Photo credit: Women’s Health via Does Working Out in the Cold Burn More Calories?.

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