Did You Know?: Cool Hands & Exercise
I'm Jeremy Shere.
Sticking to an exercise routine takes determination and desire. But did you know that keeping your hands cool may be the best way to keep a workout going?
Stanford researchers found that placing hands in a cooling device while walking or running on a treadmill enabled participants to keep going longer than those who held a lukewarm device.
The study involved obese women, and so it's possible that the results may not apply equally to men or to non-obese people. But the general principle -- that cooling the hands cools down the rest of the body, too -- could benefit anyone.
Although the study used an expensive, high-tech cooling device, the researchers say that something as simple as holding and sipping from a bottle of ice-cold water will do the trick.
And now you know.
Did you Know is presented by Wishard Health Services, becoming Eskenazi Health in 2014.