Shivering as good as exercise Canadian Health Expert

Shivering as good as exercise  Canadian Health Expert

Posted by : Joshua BrownMonday, February 10th, 2014

Research has shown that shivering for a short period of time can be as beneficial as moderate exercise.

It is already known that short periods of moderate exercise can convert white fat into brown fat, which can help to burn energy and keep the body warm.  However, the results of the study published in the journal Cell Metabolism indicate that shivering can also carry out the same conversion of fats.

A team in Sydney, Australia, carried out the research and it shows that brown fat can be helpful in the fight against conditions such as diabetes and obesity.  Brown fat is used by the body to generate heat.  Newborn babies naturally have a high level of brown fat.  However, the discovery of brown fat in adults was only made quite recently.  Previous research showed that those with higher levels of brown fat are often slimmer than those with lower levels.

The study showed that 50 grams of white fat will simply store around 300 kilocalories, but 50 grams of brown fat can burn off the same amount.  The researchers have explained that when a human is cold, the brown fat is activated to release the heat, but then shivering will begin if the energy released is not sufficient.

Volunteers were exposed to different temperatures to assess the effect of shivering and the hormones that are affected by the cold.  Blood samples showed that muscles and brown fat release different hormones into the system.

My name is Joshua Brown. I am a 58-year old man married to Mary. We live in Beaumont, Leduc County, Alberta. We have two children who have both left home and are pursuing their own careers.

I work as a nurse at the Beaumont Public Health Centre. Enjoying the outdoors being a great passion, my wife and I spend most weekends hiking in the beautiful landscape that Alberta is renowned for. We also take canoeing vacations in the Rocky Mountain national parks whenever we can. We are both very health conscious and attend the local gym two or three times a week. We are also very interested in the holistic approach to medicine. We are both strong swimmers and I love working with weights. About two years ago I took up writing as a hobby and post regularly to my blog about anything medical that takes my interest. I also cover ways to keep fit and to fight off the effects of ageing.

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