You can have a warm house in the winter by employing the use of passive and active heating methods. But it is also important that you keep your body warm at all times too. The moment you step outside your heated house, you will be battered by cold winds and snow. This article will highlight on a few tips that will help you stay warm and snug in the winter.
Engage in physical exercise
You can increase your metabolic rate when you start doing exercise. You will feel warm as you start breaking up a sweat. It will keep your body fit and the extra strength in your muscles will result in an increase of heat production. The circulation of blood in your body is further improved by cardiovascular exercise.
Eat healthy meals
Make sure you eat a balanced diet full of all the nutrients that your body needs. Include whole grains in your diet such as barley, brown rice, oats, wheat, and quinoa. They will serve as a source of instant energy and keep your body warm. This is because as complex carbohydrates, whole grains are digested quickly giving a faster result. Cook a stew or broth to cheer you up in the cold climate.
Reduce alcohol consumption
There’s a myth that says alcohol can warm you up. What really happens when you consume alcohol is that the blood vessels under your skin expand disrupting the body’s natural mechanism of regulating temperature. The initial warmth you feel when you consume alcohol is a result of blood rushing to the surface of your skin. But when this happens, it is much easier for the heat within to escape into the outside through convection.
Dress in layers
You will feel the body warmer if you wear more layers. They will act as a buffer between you and the cold wintry air. Try warm clothing like woollen hats, mufflers, overcoats, alpaca coats and fur-lined clothing. When layering up, have a moisture barrier next to your skin such as wool or synthetic fabric like polyester, have a natural fibre like wool or goose down as insulation for the middle layer and for the outer layer try a weather resistant material.
Make sure your home is well covered with insulation. If you have a wooden floor, you can try economical ways to reduce heat loss such as buying a fleece carpet or buying alpaca rugs for sale. They also have a psychological element that helps you feel warm.
Make your showers cold
This may sound surprising. When you take a heated shower, your blood vessels expand bringing blood near the surface of the skin. While this gives you can immediate sense of warmth, our internal body heat escapes out due to the closeness of blood vessels to the surface of the skin. This is because of convection. When you take a colder shower, blood vessels contract and this helps in the normal regulation of temperature within your body. Less heat is released to the outside. Try for a warm shower first and gradually make in colder towards the end.