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 looked around and I saw people wearing sweaters and jackets. 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 minor risk-free stress. When you baby your metabolism, you lose the resiliency that is your birthright. If you are always reaching for a 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 who 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. 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 backward. 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.