How to stay warm this 2017/18 Christmas and New Year by Ryan Tattle — Posted on 12 Dec 21:54 , 0 comments
Whether you’re skating in New York’s Central Park this Christmas…
Or snowboarding on the slopes of Austria.
Staying in a hotel made of snow and ice in Finland, watching the Northern Lights on New Year’s Eve…
Or simply braving a Christmas Eve in the freezing cold in England, desperately seeking warmth from your hot chocolate.
Whatever you’re doing, Christmas and New Year are magical times of the year.
And it would all be so perfect…
Your body didn't scream at you in the cold!
Ways to stay warm
Here's to increasing the fun factor this festive season, and making it extra enjoyable and memorable for all the right reasons!
See our previous post 'How to stay warm while working outdoors in the cold' for loads of relevant info. But in a nutshell, here's what you need to know right now...
When you are out in the cold you need to:
- Create internal heat
- Conserve heat
To create internal heat, remember to: keep moving, eating, and drinking (I mean for hydration purposes, so alcohol is unhelpful here)! Warmth will be created through your physical activity, and by boosting your body's circulation and metabolism.
If you're not doing anything active you will start to get cold quickly. So, keep moving and plan any exercise you do ideally in the mornings so you can get your heat-producing muscles going for the day.
To conserve heat: you need to minimise heat loss. And wrap up warm in appropriate clothing, just like your mom told you to!
'There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad preparation, and attitude,' say the Norwegians. And I guess they ought to know, lining in temperatures that can really plummet.
Clothing and what to do with it
- Everyone tells you to wear layers, but why? Well because one of their primary functions is to trap air. That air then warms and then helps keep you warmer.
- Make sure to look at the weather beforehand and be prepared by taking the appropriate clothing for the conditions you will be facing.
- Hats, it is important to keep your head (specifically your temple area) and ears warm (if you take your hat off, wear a headband or muffs over your ears to keep them warm.)
- Gloves and Mittens. Mittens actually keep your fingers warmer than gloves because they allow for your fingers' warmth to combine and circulate
- Waterproof shoes or boots and thick, natural fiber socks.
- A pro tip here is to make sure whatever you are wearing that the underside of your wrists and the inside of your ankles are covered. This is where a lot of heat gets lost from going into your extremities.
"make sure that the underside of your wrists and the inside of your ankles are covered. This is where a lot of heat gets lost from going into your extremities"
But wait, there's more
Here are some additional ways to maximize your heat conserving efforts...
- Battery heated clothing
- Toe and finger warmers (not the disposable ones, unless you want to ruin our planet)
- Mukluks (seal skin moccasins) traditionally worn by Arctic aboriginal peoples
- Warming creams and lotions, like Coldscreen
Coldscreen is a natural lotion that you can apply before going into any cold environment to help keep you warm for up to 4 hours. (think: heat creation and conservation)
- Vanilla ingredients gently warms your skin
- Vitamin B complex helps to improve blood flow bringing warmth to the applied area
- Barrier function - created by jojoba seeds, shea butter, and an Antarctic kelp extract which help retain the heat produced naturally by your body and also the other ingredients.
- Hydration - Organic aloe, Tasmanian fruit extract, and other essential oils keep skin moisturized to help combat the dry air that cold weather brings.
If you are only just hearing about warming creams and lotions now, here is an article with everything you need to know
"an Antarctic kelp extract helps retain the heat produced naturally by your body"
2 more quick tips
- Don't get wet, and that includes overly seating. Being wet in the cold will quickly reduce your temperature. Outer waterproof layers can help protect your body from water and snow.
- Take breaks inside where it is warm er to help raise your body temperature. (if this is during work time then it should already be part of your company's standard operating procedures during winter time
Living life without being so limited and restricted by the cold is one of our passions and our ultimate vision is to Create a World where Temperature has No Limitations on the Human Experience.
We have loads of exciting and educational information that will help you live your best life, no matter the temperature, so drop your email address into the box below and we will make sure to include you in our fortnightly "Inspired by Warmth Community Series"
Leave your comments below about what has worked for you and how you will be staying warm this Christmas and New Year!