It’s winter. How will you stay warm? It has always been a challenge for me to stay warm when the temperatures drop. In many ways, I dread the cold and find the urge to stay snuggled up inside - by my cozy wood stove. But we all know, there is still a lot of fun to be had outside in the winter months. Here are my best tips to keep you warm and active during the winter.• Invest in good quality outer wear. Stick to name brands. They may be more expensive but they are worth the investment.
- Dress in layers. Wear loose, lightweight, warm clothing in several layers.
- Cotton is the worse! If it gets wet, it stays wet.
- Purchase a water resistant, winter poncho. It can easily be slipped over a winter’s jacket.
- If you’re wet, get dry! Wet is the first step to allowing hyperthermia to set in quickly. Invest in clothing made from moisture-wicking fabric. Shop online at outdoor stores. Read comments and product reviews. Quality really matters when you are shopping for winter survival gear.
- Wool is a good choice for regulating the body temperature in cold climates. Just keep in mind, wool shrinks if washed in a washing machine. Dry cleaning is recommended.
- Don’t forget to keep your hands warm! Two pairs of gloves are a must. I can almost bet that gloves will get wet from wheelchair wheels in the rain, snow, or sleet. Two pair will provide warm hands throughout the day.
- Cover your head. Body heat can be lost through an uncovered head. Wearing a good winters’ hat will also protect from frost bite…plus they come in super cute styles!
- Enjoy hot drinks like coffee, tea, or hot chocolate.
- A heated rice bag that can be warmed in the microwave can hold heat up to 30 minutes! Only use this where you have full sensation.
Be prepared and survive the winter months. Don’t stay inside because of the cold. Layer up and make some winter memories.
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