Cold Hands Key to Exercise Capacity Increase

American Heart Association
05/11/2012 15:20

According to a small study presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2012 Scientific Sessions, research has shown that cooling the palms of the hands has the effect of increasing capacity for exercise. As less heat is stored in the body it makes it easier to work out for longer. 



Stanford University scientists studied the effect in a group of obese women aged 30 to 45 who were all following the same exercise programme.  Results of their study highlighted that obese woman who exercised with a device that cooled their hands persevered with a workout regimen longer than those without a hand cooler.  Furthermore researchers suggested that holding a cold water-bottle during exercise may also help people feel cooler, less sweaty and less fatigued, thereby potentially extending workout time.



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