I had a friend ask me last week, "do you burn more calories when you're working out in the heat?" Like everything related to exercise physiology, that's not an easy question to answer. Our bodies are extremely complex, and work well to keep our internal temperatures regulated all the time. If that process actually does burn more calories, I'd never given it much thought.
Why not you ask? Well, the simple answer is that there are other benefits outside a higher calorie burn that warrant the use of training with heat and cold! Check out these tips (taken from a recent ACE Fitness Article and other sources).
First Up, Benefits of Training with Heat
You can get these benefits from exercising in the heat, or with regular sauna use after your exercise!
Second, Benefits of Training with Cold
I remember the first time I saw a cold water immersion tub in a gym. I thought, "no f'n" way! Recently though, cold water immersion and cryochambers have become popular. Whim Hoff has some awesome programs related to this type of training, and a simple google search on the topic will keep you occupied for hours.
Ken Presutti is a certified ChiRunning instructor, ACE Personal trainer, Spinning instructor, and coach. This blog is a mix of new articles and posts from his original blog, Overkill is Underrated.