Physical Fitness Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for physical fitness professionals, athletes, trainers, and those providing health-related needs. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

The efficiency of the human body, like any other machine, depends on the surrounding temperature. We get exhausted quicker if we run on a hot summer afternoon than we would in the cooler evening. But how does the temperature influence our calorie burn rate?

In a cold environment the body will need to burn calories to produce additional heat, in a hot environment the body needs energy to cool the system. But is this significant during sport? Does it make sense to train in a hot or cold environment to increase the calorie burn rate or is it better to train in a more or less ideal environment?

share|improve this question
up vote 1 down vote accepted

Not significantly. It takes a little extra energy to keep your body warm in the cold (and to carry extra clothing, if applicable), and it takes a little extra energy to generate sweat and run the related body cooling system. The large majority of energy during exercise is spent on the exercise itself, whether it's hot or cold.

share|improve this answer
Your answer sounds plausible, but could you add some research or evidence to back it up? Even a link to a coach or athlete saying so would help. – Dave Liepmann Sep 22 '11 at 19:25
Not a good answer. No references whatsoever. – Joze Jul 6 '15 at 12:52

According to at least one study, the temperature of your environment can have a major impact on the amount of calories you burn. In the linked article, a scientist talks about how he was able to increase his rate of weight loss by exposing his body to cold temperatures.

However, take this conclusion with a grain of salt because this is the only study I've found on the subject.


share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.