Meditation in the cold helps with your circulatory system.
Aids Fat Burning
Humans have stores of active brown fat tissue (BAT). Unlike white fat, which stores energy and comprises most body fat, brown fat is active in burning calories and using energy .
BAT can essentially turn calories from food into heat [5, 6].
Indeed, studies show that cold exposure increases BAT activity which leads to increased calorie expenditure. Researchers concluded that frequent cold exposures might be an acceptable and economical complementary approach to address the current obesity epidemic .
According to preliminary research, a lack of BAT has been linked with obesity .
Cold exposure increases shivering and nonshivering thermogenesis. These processes increase calorie expenditure .
Exposure to cold temperatures leads to increased levels of adiponectin, a protein that increases fat burning. Low levels of adiponectin are associated with obesity [10, 11, 12].
In one study, subjects who were exposed to cold stress had an 80% increase in their metabolism over “warm” levels .
In one study, cold-exposed rats burned so many extra calories that they ate 50% more than control rats but still weighed less than controls .
2) Fights Inflammation
Exposure to cold temperatures raises adiponectin, a protein that combats inflammation .
Another study found that exercising in the cold reduced the inflammatory response seen in regular temperature environments .
This same study found that exercising past a certain time in the cold can actually increase the inflammatory response, so moderation is important .
3) May Support Longevity
A study found that flies lived twice as long when kept at 21°C than 27°C .