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Exercise in the Cold: Part II | The Science of Sport

Exercise in the Cold: Part II | The Science of Sport

While we are all still thinking about the incredible video of Kayoko Fukushi’s marathon finish , we thought we would carry on with our series on exercise in the cold. Most of us are still firmly in the depths of the northern-hemisphere winter, and so we hope you found Part I of this series relevant—it was meant to introduce some basics of heat loss and temperature regulation, and also look at some of extreme stories such as the runner who “won” an ultra-marathon by being the only one to complete the race in below-freezing temps. The price of victory? Losing two toes! Water vs. air exposure In tackling this series on exercise in the cold, we differentiate between cold AIR and cold WATER exposure – the key difference is that the heat LOSSES in water are so much greater than on land, that you’re far less likely to develop any kind of hypothermia (low body temperature) on land...

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