Chris Minson, Department of Human Physiology

portrait of human physiologist Chris Minson

Chris Minson, Kenneth and Kenda Singer Professor in Human Physiology

Director, Human Cardiovascular Control Lab
Co-Director, Exercise & Environmental Physiology Lab
Practice Areas: Exercise Physiology, Women’s Health, Heart Health and Thermoregulation

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Chris Minson is an academic expert in exercise physiology, women’s health, heart health and thermoregulation. Chris investigates the impact of estrogen and progesterone on heart health in women. He also studies the effects of aging and heat on athletic performance.

Recent Media:
A body temperature expert explains why some people are always freezing (Upworth, July 9, 2024)
How to run in the heat like the pros (Outside Magazine, June 19, 2024)
I swapped coffee with cold plunges for a month — Here's what actually happened (PopSugar, May 13, 2024)
Ice-cold plunges and breath-holding: Does the 'Wim Hof method' do anything? (Live Science, March 18, 2024)
Extreme heat, wildfire smoke harm low-income and nonwhite communities the most, study finds (Associated Press, Feb. 2, 2024)
Why an extreme heat and wildfire smoke combination can be so dangerous (ABC News, July 21, 2023)
Can ice baths help you burn body fat? New research says yes (Healthline, Sept. 23, 2022)
How to adapt your workouts to hotter weather this summer (The Wall Street Journal, July 3, 2022)
World Cup qualifier: Will Canada use extreme cold as a weapon against the US? (The Guardian, Jan. 28, 2022)
Sauna Innovations Promise to Bring Health Benefits to More People (The Wall Street Journal, March 9, 2021)
Being Outside Is Good for Your Health—But Does Golf Count? (The Wall Street Journal, March 8, 2021)
The Scientific Guide To Not Freezing Your Ass off This Winter (Elemental, Nov. 14, 2020)
Train Your Body to Work Out—or Just Hang Out—in Colder Weather (The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 23, 2020)
Does running shirtless keep you cooler on hot, humid days? (Men's Journal, June 30, 2020)
Running safety tips (KEZI, April 5, 2020)
Can you train yourself not to feel the cold? (The Guardian, Feb. 9, 2020)
My rec center bans kids from the hot tub over fears of overheating. Here’s what I learned about the science. (The Washington Post, Sept. 22, 2019)
Serena Williams faces some hard truths after falling short again in a Grand Slam (The Washington Post, Sept. 7, 2019)
Why Am I So Bad at Exercising in the Heat? (SELF, July 3, 2019)
Women soccer players usually peak in their 20s—here's why some excel into their 40s (Popular Science, June 7, 2019)
Work out and chill? (The New York Times, May 7, 2019)
A doctor explains how our bodies get cold (Gear Junkie, Dec. 20, 2018)
How heat therapy could boost your performance (Outside Magazine, Aug. 25, 2018)
Saunas are a hot trend, and they might even help your health (North Carolina Public Radio, Jan. 20, 2018)
How does aging affect athletic performance? (The Oregonian, April 7 , 2017)
Could a cooling wristband be the answer to athletes who struggle with the heat? (, Feb. 14, 2017)
Your body in extreme heat (Outside Magazine, Aug. 23, 2016)
The surprising benefits of training in the heat (Outside Magazine, July 21, 2016)
Dear Science: Why am I always cold indoors? (The Washington Post, June 13, 2016)
How to get your body used to working out in hot weather (Sports Illustrated, April 29, 2016)
Experts in exercise physiology on the evidence of an effective session. (Yahoo! Health, Dec. 22, 2015)
How extreme heat affects our health (Jefferson Public Radio, July 31, 2015)
How heat kills (Discovery News, July 20, 2015)
Eight bizarre side effects that happen during exercise (Men’s Health, July 11, 2015)
How does aging affect athletic performance? (The Conversation, July 6, 2015)
VIDEO: The Evonuk Environmental Physiology Core (PAC-12 Network, July 22, 2014)
Women now regularly manipulating menstrual cycles, study indicates (Inquisitr, May 11, 2013)
No period please: many women skip menstruating (LiveScience, May 7, 2013)
Heat acclimation gives big cycling performance improvements in cool conditions, study finds (Velo News, Dec. 14, 2012)