Warming up this winter

01 Dec 2016 Chris James   Health and wellbeing

Warming up this winter

As much as we don't want to admit it, there's no denying that the temperatures have plummeted over the last few weeks in the UK. In fact, there's talk from the Met Office that this could be the coldest winter we've faced in five years, and the NHS have issued a warning for people to stay as warm as possible. Sadly, as hibernation isn't a viable option for humans, we're forced to accept our cold fate. However with that being said, there are a few things you can do to keep a little bit toastier this winter.

Wrap up warm

It's an obvious one, but an essential piece of advice if you want to stay warm. Rather than wearing one thick garment, it's better to wear lots of thin layers. Clothes made from cotton, wool or fleecy fibres are particularly great, as they will help you to maintain body heat.

Keep active

We've said it before and we'll say it again, exercise is a great way to improve your overall health, and it can keep you warm in winter. You don't have to do anything strenuous, even light exercise will raise your heartbeat and get your blood pumping to warm you up. If you can't exercise for health reasons, you should still try to avoid sitting still for longer than an hour. If you're considering starting a new exercise plan and you have a health condition, always speak to your GP or pharmacist first.

Keeping your home warm

If you're over 65, have reduced mobility or a chronic condition such as lung or heart disease, it's recommended that your home is kept heated to a minimum of 18C. If you're under 65, healthy and active, you can safely have your house cooler than 18C, as long as you're comfortable. You can also use a hot water bottle or electric blanket for extra warmth, but remember not to use both at once!

Eat well

Food provides your body with a vital source of energy, which helps to keep you warm. Try to make sure that you have hot meals and eat good, wholesome foods that'll keep you fuller for longer. It's also helpful to drink hot drinks regularly throughout the day.

If you need extra advice on how to keep warm and healthy this winter, get in touch with our pharmacist.

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