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The Cold Hard Facts

February 2014

Lauren Hunsberger


Whether you like the cold or hate it, for a few months out of the year, there’s no getting around it. So we think you should embrace it, get to know more about it and maybe even use it to your benefit.


Very Few Like it Cold Skiing Photo

According to a 2009 study conducted by the Pew Research Center, not everyone is cut out to brave the cold. Here’s what the study said about life in the cold:

“When it comes to places to live, Americans like it hot. By nearly TWO TO ONE, the public says it prefers a hotter place to live over one with a colder climate. No surprise, then, that San Diego, Tampa and Orlando rank at the top of places to live for those who favor a balmy climate. But for hearty folks who like their weather on the chilly side, Denver, SEATTLE and Portland top the list of favorite metropolitan areas to call home.”


Hot Cold-Weather Topics

On February 6, 2013, the Pew Research Center reported that while people might not like living in the cold, they sure do like news stories about it.

“In the previous week’s survey (conducted Jan. 24-27), COLD WINTER WEATHER topped the public’s news agenda: 37% followed news about winter weather very closely, compared with far fewer who followed Obama’s inauguration (24%) or discussions over the federal budget deficit and national debt (23%).”


Running in Snow Photo

Bitter Cold Beauty Tips

According to the Reader’s Digest article “7 Cold Water Remedies,” cold water can do a lot more for your body and health than quench your thirst. Here are just a few ways in which they found embracing the cold to be beneficial to your beauty routine:

• Rinsing your hair with cold water can increase shine.
• Drinking cold water burns more calories than drinking room temperature water.
• Splashing cold water on your face can aid with stress relief.
• A cold shower or ice bath can help with muscle recovery after a tough workout.


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