The trick to keeping the weight off in 2023 could be a strange one. Apparently, it could be as simple as cooling your hands – according to new university research.
New and surprising research from Stanford University shows that cooling your palms drastically reduces fatigue, improves performance and causes greater weight loss, aiding people to maintain an efficient exercise regime.
Palm cooling intervention was testing in a 12-week study, which saw participants able to complete a 1.5 mile walk over 5 minutes faster on average, compared with a non-palm cooling group.
Palm cooling study: the findings
The study also saw a greater reduction in waist circumference and lower resting blood pressure.
Not only this, because of the continuously improving results, the palm cooling group stuck to their exercise programme significantly better compared to the non-palm cooling group; highlighting the benefits of palm cooling to helping to stay on track.
With such positive results, CET, the leading manufacturers of cold therapy solutions, who dominated the elite sports sector in Europe with their CryoSpa Ice Baths, have developed new palm cooling technology; the CoreTx Go.
Palm cooling has also been scientifically proven to help boost gym performance; across a number of studies it has consistently been shown to improve performance and workload, thanks to reducing fatigue.
How does the CoreTx GO work?
The surface of the palms are covered with glabrous skin, containing a special network of blood vessels called arteriovenous anastomoses (AVAs) which are direct connections of arteries to veins.
This skin allows for the heating or cooling of circulating blood, returning it back to the body to subsequently heat or cool it – our internal core temperature can therefore be efficiently regulated through this mechanism.
Cooling the circulating blood from the palms benefits performance in two ways.
Firstly: peripheral fatigue:
The rising temperature during exercise affects enzymes responsible for contractions, reducing the ability for the muscle to function optimally, causing fatigue.
Secondly: central fatigue:
The neural impact of palm cooling results in motor unit recruitment, which increases work capacity as more muscle fibres are stimulated and contract, therefore improving performance.
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