It’s the MOST wonderful time of the year… as the song goes. And while there is a lot to be said about city streets sparkling with holiday lights, drifting snowflakes, country landscapes with glittering bare-branched trees against a sterling sky, and fence posts topped with marshmallow crowns; it’s also the time of year that we shiver against indoor drafts, and wrestle with our desire to go out and watch Christmas parades and town tree light-ups, and our equally strong desire to remain warm.
So are there some winning winter tips for keeping warm when the frost is on the pumpkins?
Slick Tricks for Keeping Warm Outdoors
If you’d really like to head downtown for that townsquare tree light-up, but the flurries are flying, there are some great tips for staying toasty while you enjoy outdoor activities.
First, keep your core cozy. Having a warm core body temperature is key in staying warm during outdoor winter activities. When your mom told you to wear layers and zip up your coat, she knew what she was talking about.
Today’s outdoor experts tell us that wearing a moisture-wicking undershirt is a huge step toward staying warm outdoors. A moisture-wicking shirt not only supplies that critical underlayer, but it also lessens the possibility that sweat will make you damp, which is your worst enemy while out in cold weather.
By concentrating on core warmth, your hands and feet will also stay warm. How does that work? Because during very cold temperatures, your body will send more blood to your center to warm your vital internal organs when necessary, leaving less warming circulation in your extremities. By keeping your center warm, the blood flow will remain to warm your hands and feet.
Another great core cozying trick for extended outdoor activities is to use a heat wrap, such as ThermaCare wraps for sore backs. These require no power source and last for up to six hours. You simply open it, wrap it around your middle, and velcro it closed. It supplies a long-lasting boost of steady warmth around your middle that can be your secret weapon when out sledding with the kids. Also, automatic hand warmers in your gloves or pockets are amazing hand hacks for staying warm outdoors in the winter.
Be sure to be well hydrated by drinking plenty of water (or hot cocoa) before going outdoors. Being well-hydrated helps to boost your circulation, which also boosts your internal body temperature.
Hats and mittens are also essential in very cold weather. (Again, mother knows best.) Mittens keep hands warmer than gloves. Or you can just keep a mug of hot cocoa in your hands at all times!
Hints and Hacks for Staying Warm Indoors (Without Having to Tap Into Your Holiday Shopping Fund)
It isn’t only outdoors where you feel the chill in the winter months. Things definitely cool off indoors as well. Keeping your home log-cabin-cozy in the winter begins with having your heating system checked in the early fall. Don’t wait …