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Running Body = Like a Radiator

By Nicoleao @momfever

running nonsenseNow that it’s Autumn and temperatures are dropping, I’m once again struggling with that all important life question: ‘What to wear?’

As a runner I’m a lot like Goldilocks: I don’t wanna be too hot. But I don’t wanna be too cold either. I want to get my body temperature júst right! I have this rule of thumb that when temperatures drop lower than 50 degrees, it’s too cold to wear my beloved sports skirts. So I’ll switch to capri running tights.

Human body compared to an oil filled radiator!

As I was standing in front of my wardrobe trying to figure out how to dress for my early morning run, I suddenly had a deep thought. I don’t have those very often, so at first I was taken aback a bit. In fact, I had some trouble understanding it. Here it is:

The human body is a bit like oil filled radiators for the home.’

Befuddled? So was I. But after some consideration I had to admit, it made sense.

Let me explain the comparison!

  • When you run an oil heater, a heating element at the base of the heater starts heating up the oil inside it. The oil then starts moving around and starts giving off heat!
  • The same principle applies when you start to run. When you go for a run, pretty soon your body starts heating up. Your blood flow starts moving around faster, and your body gives off heat.

I have to admit though, that’s where the comparison ends. Because unlike the oil in an oil heater, the human body cools down very quickly.

That’s when the oil filled radiator can come in handy! The oil in it, will keep you warm long after your body has cooled down.

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