NEW YORK—January 7, 2008
The holidays have passed and people are starting to assess how much damage all of those festive holiday treats did to their waistlines. For those who are thinking of heading outside to work off that winter weight, there are a few things to take into consideration.
"Body size can affect cold tolerance," says Dr. Robert Marx, from the Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service at Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. "Short, small people have a large surface area-to-body mass ratio. This means that, relative to their size, they have a greater percentage of body in contact with the environment and will absorb cold or heat more quickly – smaller can be chillier. Fat lying under the skin doesn't transfer heat very well, so if you have a little 'extra padding' you can be thankful for some additional warmth."
As people begin to make good on their New Year's resolutions to exercise more, Dr. Marx has some tips for those who are headed out into the cold to get in shape:
"It's very important to take precautions when exercising outdoors in the cold, but it can also be a lot of fun if done properly," warns Dr. Marx. "Dress appropriately, always warm up first to prevent pulling muscles and know your limits."
About Hospital for Special Surgery
Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. HSS is nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics and No. 2 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2016-2017), and is the first hospital in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. HSS has one of the lowest infection rates in the country. HSS is an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College and as such all Hospital for Special Surgery medical staff are faculty of Weill Cornell. The hospital's research division is internationally recognized as a leader in the investigation of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. Hospital for Special Surgery is located in New York City and online at www.hss.edu.