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Surprising Ways to Beat the Winter Chill

Brrrrr! Medical experts share ways to stay warm and healthy, and their list is somewhat unexpected. 

1.  DON'T PUT HANDS IN POCKETS

When we are cold, our instinct is to walk with our hands in our pockets.  But experts say you should walk with your hands free, swinging by your side.   One chiropractor says by swinging your arms, muscles will be given a workout, improving blood flow to the area which will generate body heat. 

2.  POINT YOUR TOES IN BED

Doing a few simple exercises under the covers will help you feel warmer, and it's best to do this right before you get out of bed. 

One expert says start by pointing your toes up and down 20 times before circling your ankles ten times in each direction.  They also say you should clench and release your thighs ten times and then move onto the buttocks.  This all will warm you up and get your circulation going. 

3.  DON'T WEAR A WOOLLY HAT

We lose 30 percent of our body heat through our head.  You need a hat, but one expert says fleece is better than wool. Fleece is an insulating fabric, so it traps any still air between the hat and the head. 

He also says buy one that covers your ears too. 

And make sure you breathe in through your nose and not your mouth.  The nostrils and sinuses filter and warm the air going into the lungs.  Breathing through your nose warms the air. 


4.  DO USE A ROCKING CHAIR

Sitting in a rocking chair helps you generate energy while seated.  When we are motionless, our body temperature drops and muscles start to shiver. 

But using a rocking chair requires moving large muscle groups in the arms and legs.  This will keep blood flowing, and this will help to generate body heat. 

5.  DO DRINK DECAF TEA AND COFFEE

First, a hot tea or coffee is fine.  But make sure you get decaf.  The caffeine in tea or coffee will make you lose body heat. 

'Caffeine blocks receptors in the blood vessels and prevents them from constricting in the cold,' says Eddie Chaloner, consultant vascular surgeon at Lewisham General Hospital.

 




 


 



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