Tuesday Tip: Can Air Conditioning Make You Fat? + A Big Announcement
Hi there, loves! I’m glad you enjoyed yesterday’s workout video. I had a complete blast putting it together
This morning I started out the day with an easy-paced, 3 mile run. I’m still not doing anything super speedy or long – in order to protein my hip area – but I needed to get out an enjoy the gorgeous weather.
Mismatched running ‘fit, per the usual.
After a short Niko walk, I headed back in to make this cold-oats breakfast:
1/3 c. oats mixed with yogurt, milk, and banana chips – with a couple HB eggs on the side.
A/C Adding the L-B’s
Although this week has been glorious outside, last week I did everything in my power to avoid going outdoors. In fact, I was in my cool and comfortable air conditioned office at the gym, while I happened upon this study that claimed air conditioning could be making us fat.
International Journal of Obesity, UAB biostatistician David Allison, says since air conditioning in the summer (and heat in the winter) allows for most environments to be at a pretty constant temperature year round. In turn, our bodies have to work far less (thus, expending less energy and burning less calories) to regulate our own internal temperature.
I know many will quip back, saying this study is far-fetched, and while I don’t think the use of air conditioning is responsible for the obesity epidemic in America, I do see this study’s validity. When we’re warm, our bodies have to work to bring our core temperature down, through sweat, releasing heat, etc. When we don’t have to do that, we burn less calories.
Another factor that the study didn’t touch on was heat-related appetite decrease. I don’t know about you, but when I’m hot and sweaty, I don’t crave fatty, heavy, or greasy foods. In fact, my appetite decreases a bit, and I crave fresh, raw, healthy foods like fruits, veggies, and other foods with a high water content.
In fact, I’d probably consider giving up air conditioning for a week or so, just as a little self experiment if it weren’t for that one guy that lives here too BUT, if I did live alone and wanted to give A/C the boot, here’s what I’d do:
- Remember that humans are highly adaptable. Ninety degrees probably wouldn’t feel as miserable on day 5 as it does on day 1. I mean, 50 degrees in the summer is freezing, but in the winter? heat wavvvve!
- Open all the windows, but draw the shades to keep the sunlight and heat out as much as I can
- Turn on all fans, and buy a couple more
- Keep cool rags around to cool off with
- Drink even more water
- Wear little clothing
- Always have a cut up watermelon on hand in the fridge
- Keep physical exercise limited to moderate or only in a gym with a/c
and before I go…
Announcement – New Blog
I’ll keep this part short and sweet, but I wanted to give you all some notice before the big change takes place! I have been working with miss Rita (who is freaking awesome, by the way, and who Lindsay recommended me!) on a big project – a new blog!!
The actual blog will be the exact same as it has been for the past month or so. It’ll still be the main page, and my blogging style will not change. However, I am merging my other website Fitconomy and Running Around Normal into one (hopefully super awesome) blog/website, which will be Your Trainer Paige (yourtrainerpaige.com)
For the past year or so, I’ve been going back and forth on whether or not I should change Running Around Normal. I know I’m *NOT* going to live in Normal for the rest of my life, and I’ve just been wanting to change it. After asking the advise of tons of people (and most of them telling me not to change it, actually) I’m going for it!
I went with Your Trainer Paige because, well, it’s already my youtube page name. Plus, I’m a sucker for a play on words… Paige…page…get it? Hey, I’ve been teased about having the name Paige all my life. Might as well spin it to my advantage, right??
I’ll put another post on Running Around Normal, letting you all know to go to YourtrainerPaige.com instead, but it should be live here very, very, soon (like this week!) If you are subscribed via Google Reader, you should be automatically subscribed to Your Trainer Paige instead.
And before I go, thank you SO much for reading my blog, whether here or on Your Trainer Paige…I’m so thankful and happy that you guys enjoy reading my little spiels!
Do you think you could forgo air conditioning during the summer?
What do you think would be the hardest part?
I think the hardest part would be trying to sleep in a warm bedroom!