bodysculpting By Dr. Harvey C Jenkins, PhD, MD
Keep your body safe and in
shape during the cold months by
following this Fitness Survival Guide
ow you approach your ﬁtness routine this winter like-
ly depends on where you live. If you live somewhere
like Maine or America’s Northeast, winter is the time
you pull out your skis, ice skates and snowshoes and
relish the seasonal change like a snow bunny or the
abominable snowman. If you live in the South or America’s South-
west, winter is the time to retreat to the safety and warmth of in-
doors, with even one snowﬂake setting off a phobia that leads to
school closures, work stoppage and, for some, a retreat from your
regular workout routine.
For many people, no matter what part of the country, winter is
the main time of the year when they gain weight and unfortunate-
ly store fat. They exercise less, eat more food and spend less time
outdoors than they do in the warmer seasons. Regardless of where
you live, winter doesn’t have to be a time for your diet and work-
out routine to be neglected or sent into hibernation.
It does not have to be a time for the physique you have worked
so hard to build and maintain to suffer. Winter can be a time
when, with some modiﬁcations, you optimize and maximize the
potential beneﬁts of exercise and the body’s changes in metabolism
during the winter season, and propel them toward your advantage.
during the winter months.
In fact, the level of ATLPL almost doubled in the winter
from the value it had in the summer. ATLPL, playfully called
the “pudge” factor, is known to work in metabolism by promot-
ing fat storage in the “adipose” tissue. This likely has an evolu-
tionary benefit and protective value to human beings and other
species, promoting survival during the otherwise harsh environ-
Exercise, as it turns out, promotes the induction of a muscle en-
zyme called SMLPL, or Skeletal Muscle Lipoprotein Lipase. This
enzyme promotes the catabolism and burning of fat and offsets the
“pudge-promoting” effect of the increased ATLPL. This means
that people who are physically active and exercise routinely and
during the winter months are most protected against the winter
weight gain phenomenon.
WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR METABOLISM
To understand what modiﬁcations you need to make this win-
ter, it is important to understand what happens to your metabolism
during this cold season. University of Colorado researchers con-
ducted a study of the metabolisms of 12 women and six men in
both the summer and winter months. In their studies, they discov-
ered an increase in the production and ‘activity’ of the enzyme
ATLPL, Adipose Tissue Lipoprotein Lipase, in these subjects
During weather extremes, no one expects you to endanger your
health in the pursuit of the perfect physique, but there are some
tips you can take to make your workout more effective and, most
of all, safe.
1) Wear appropriate clothing. The fabric you wear should absorb
moisture and keep your skin from becoming wet from sweat.
Joggers should wear bright and reﬂective colors for better visi-
PAGEANTRY WINTER FITNESS SURVIVAL TIPS
Whether you are the ‘snowbunny’ type or the ‘sun-worshiping’
snow-phobe, the winter season can be a time when you can exe-
cute a reasonable ﬁtness routine and maintain your competition-