Winter Warmers

Winter Warmers

During winter it can be a challenge to keep healthy so here some great tips to keep you warm, cosy and feeling good this season.

Dressing in layers. Having a base layer such as thermal underwear, a middle layer that insulates you from the cold and an outer layer for when you are outside in the rain and wind is a tried and true strategy in dealing with the cold season. It’s a good idea to take all layers on every outing: You can peel off layers if things heat up, but you can’t put on layers that you didn’t bring along. An old Nordic saying is that there is no such thing as bad weather only bad clothing.

Keeping your feet warm and dry during the winter months isn’t just important for good foot health and comfort, it’s also important to good overall health. Foot specialists say cold feet can weaken your immune system. The feet have a huge impact on how warm we feel. The feet, just like the hands, have a large surface area and a lot of blood cells. Also, because the feet are at the end of our limbs and do not consist of a lot of muscle, they’re prone to cooling faster than other parts of our body. By warming up the feet, we can quickly warm up the rest of the body, helping to keep us comfortable when we’re out in the cold.

Preheat your bed. Just like dressing up in winter is important so too is layering your bed with blankets. Another good thing that will make sure you have a more sound sleep is to preheat your bed with an electric blanket. Do this rather than using a heater for the room or the house as your body temperature bottoms out right before bed and will rise naturally as you get closer to waking. Just remember to turn off the electric blanket before you go to sleep. This rise in body temperature can cause people to feel like they’re “sleeping hot.” If you’ve ever woken up in the middle of the night drenched in sweat, you know how disruptive that can be.

Stay active, just because it’s cold doesn’t mean you need to stay indoors or stop moving. Exercising in the winter has some surprising benefits such as an increase in endurance. In cold temperatures, your heart doesn’t have to work as hard, you sweat less, and expend less energy. It also burns more fat. According to researchers exercising in cold weather can double the amount of fat you burn. Keeps you from getting SAD. Regular exercise can protect against seasonal affective disorder (SAD). People can manage or avoid SAD with 30 to 60 minutes of exercise and 20 minutes of exposure to sunlight each day.

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