The extreme cold weather takes its toll on a body, and not just the obvious discomfort. Aching joints, dry skin and headaches can all be associated with enduring cold weather, but there are ways to weather it better. Here are a few tips for reducing the effects of cold weather on the body:
- Stay hydrated. The cold dries can dry the body out, and drinking cool fluids is less intuitive when the air temperature is cold. Try adding more broth-based soups to your diet, plus keeping your water bottle handy to stay hydrated. This will also help combat dry skin.
- Skip ice! If you go out to a restaurant, or even at home, ask for water or a beverage without ice. Drinking moderate-temperate drinks is not only more appealing when it’s cold, but it’s also less of a shock to the digestive system.
- Keep moving. When we tense against the cold, the shoulders, neck and back suffer without adequate release. Get that release with a Yoga class, Tai Chi, or a massage. You may not even realize the tension building, and it might be causing pain, headaches, and general irritability.
The coldest part of winter can seem to drag on, but we can use these strategies and more to make it less of a strain on the body. How do you handle the cold?
Audra Labert Bergman, Worksite Wellness Specialist, CWWPM,
Registered Yoga Teacher, RYT200
Peak Health & Wellness Center
*Featured photo credit: https://www.shape.com/fitness/workouts/yoga-poses-loosen-your-traps-neck-and-shoulders