Do you burn more calories exercising in the cold? Here's what the science says.
A cold body uses more energy to keep itself warm than a warm body.
When we are cold, we shiver — the muscles involuntary contract to generate warmth. The body may also activate "brown fat", a kind of fat tissue whose primary function is heat production. Brown fat burns calories to generate heat.
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