Human Climate Control

Thermoregulation sounds fancy, which is. It’s incredibly sophisticated (particularly in humans), however it stops working pretty easily: thermo is anything temperature related; regulation, obviously, is the action of regulating. So, thermoregulation is what happens when the temperature around an organism changes and the organism responds to that change, maintaining the same core temperature.

Essentially, thermoregulation is definitely the body’s version of the house’s central cooling and heating system, says Barry Spiering, the Nike Explore Team Sport Research Lab’s director of applied apparel research. He explains that whenever the thermostat is placed to some certain temperature, let’s say 72 degrees, the cooling and heating system can do all things in its capability to adapt to a hotter or colder house. Irrespective of what’s happening outside, it can keep your house in a cool, comfortable 72 degrees.

Likewise, Spiering explains, the body does everything it may to help keep you in an optimal temperature. Sweat is the body’s coolant. When it’s hot, your internal AC kicks into high gear to create it. It removes body heat, as sweat evaporates. Conversely, when it’s cold the body generates heat through involuntary movement: shivering.

Athletes experience thermoregulation basically when they train. And that’s generally the best thing. There’s only one issue: the harder your body strives to remain cool, the greater difficult it will become to execute optimally.

It’s the ages-old workplace wisdom placed on sports: Work smarter, not harder. And that’s in which the smart guys are available in, helping athletes concentrate on performance by evolving something which supports the body’s natural thermoregulation process: whatever it’s wearing. For further details, visit

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