Heart Works Harder in Hot Weather

You'll lose far more weight exercising in hot weather than in the cold because of the extra work your heart has to do to prevent you from overheating.

More than 70 percent of the energy produced by your muscles during exercise is lost as heat. So the harder you exercise, the hotter your muscles become. In hot weather, not only must your heart pump extra blood to bring oxygen to your muscles, it must also pump hot blood from your heated muscles to your skin where heat can be dissipated. On the other hand, in cold weather, you heart only has to pump blood to your muscles and very little extra blood to your skin to dissipate heat. Your muscles produce so much heat during exercise that your body does not need to produce more heat to keep you warm. So your heart works harder and you burn more calories in hot weather.

Checked 8/9/08

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