Today was a beautiful day in Seattle. It was mostly sunny in the upper 60s with no noticeable wind. In other words, it was a perfect day. Yet I look around and I see people wearing sweaters, jackets and I even saw 2 guys wearing wool caps. Unless you are The Edge, you shouldn’t be wearing a wool cap on a warm day.
Your body is fully capable of adapting to a wide range of temperatures. It wants to be challenged. Always living in 100% comfort does not provide the body with an opportunity to overcome a minor risk free stress. When you baby your metabolism, you lose the resiliency that is your birthright. If you are always reaching for jacket and fear the cool breeze on your skin, how will you react when life throws you a major stressor?
The Edge by Jack Newton. This is the ONLY man on the planet that looks cool wearing a wool cap when it isn’t cold outside.
About a month ago, I got into a minor argument with someone about this very topic. Basically, I was told that I was able to withstand colder temperatures without a jacket because I have a fast metabolism. I told that person they had it backwards. They have a slow metabolism, because they’ve never given their body a temperature challenge to adapt to and as a result it has efficiently slowed down. They aren’t just wearing a jacket because they are cold, they are cold because they are always wearing a jacket.
I’ve posted many times on my motivation and results for cold weather training. I was once like you. When I moved from San Diego to Seattle, I got damn cold damn quickly. I did something about it and now I am comfortable across a much wider range of temperatures.
When the body is exposed to colder temperatures, it learns to generate heat, provided you don’t interrupt that lesson.