To quote Ned Stark from The Song of Ice and Fire: Winter is coming.
Winter is just around the corner, meaning those chilly days are just about to set in. No matter where you live, the weather is going to get a bit colder as we near the end of the year. You may find yourself shivering or even freezing cold, simply because you spend a lot of time sitting down.
One complaint that I hear a lot is how it’s hard to stay warm during the winter months. It’s a complaint that comes from women more often than men, as women tend to feel the cold more strongly. The good news is that you can raise your body temperature by raising your metabolism. It can take a bit of work, but you can actually raise your basal body temperature by doing the things mentioned below…
The way you eat has a large part to play in the health of your body, as well as your metabolic rate. If you eat food that is highly nutritious, it will help to speed up your metabolism – thereby increasing your body temperature. Stick with foods that are natural and healthy – whole grains, fruits, nuts, and veggies – and try to get the calorie-dense root veggies like potatoes and sweet potatoes that help to get your metabolism burning fast. Make sure that you also get enough red meat, dairy products, and even some fats to force your body to burn the fat for energy – it’s what keeps your metabolism churning away.
Interestingly enough, raising your body temperature requires not the healthy unsaturated fat that you normally get. Instead, you’ll need to eat a bit more saturated fat, as that’s the stuff that will keep your metabolism running and burning fat for fuel and warmth. This is why red meat is so important for those who are trying to raise their body temperature, as well as other sources of saturated fat. You don’t want to overeat, but you do want to be sure that you get enough to keep your body burning all day long.
This is the key to getting your body temperature up! If you want to increase your core body temp, you’ll need to increase the demand for calories placed on your metabolism. The only way that you can do that is by increasing your lean muscle mass.
Most people think that cardio is the best way to raise their temperature, and the truth is that cardio gets your heart beating fast and your body warm very quickly. However, once you stop your cardio workout, your body is no longer burning calories and producing energy to repair anything, so there’s no need for your metabolism to turn fat into fuel.
On the other hand, if you do exercises that build muscle, you’ll use up the energy stored in those muscles. Your body will have to replenish that energy, but the muscles can only absorb so much energy at once. It will take longer for your muscle energy stores to be replaced, so your metabolism will burn fat for fuel for longer. This burning process will keep you warm, and will increase your metabolic rate.
You’ll be interested to know that sleep can play a role in your core body temperature. If you don’t sleep properly, you can slow down your metabolism drastically. Your body may end up running slower thanks to your lack of sleep, so getting a good night’s sleep every night is a key to not just speeding up your metabolism – but also raising your body temperature.