Baby, It's Cold Outside: 6 Winter Warmth Tips
Posted on 18 January 2016
by Tara Pietrykowski
Winter is here! After a terribly long wait and a balmy December, it has finally arrived. Cue the snow ball fights and snow angel making. Hallelujah!
Now, before we get this party started, let's take a quick refresher course on how to keep warm for the next few frigid months.
The first tip and the one that is obviously closest to our hearts. Your (Watson's) base layers keep you from losing heat. Pair them with an external wind/water proof layer on top and you'll be laughing all the way to the snow bank.
Pro tip: Base layers work best the more snugly they fit. Pick a set that is one size smaller than your regular measurement.
We know, we know! Your mother told you that you lose 80% of your body heat through the top of your head. Guess what? She was wrong...kinda. We lose heat from our bodies through any surface that's exposed. Make sure to cover up all over!
Pro tip: DIY Hand Warmers
- Two Ziploc Bags
- Calcium Chloride Ice Melt Pellets
3-Throw Fuel on the Fire
No. Not literally. DON'T pour gasoline on any open flame. Actually, don't pour gasoline on anything. Step away from the gas can.
DO keep your energy and blood sugar up by eating well. Consuming more calories than you're burning will help your body handle the cold better and provide the energy you need to keep warm.
Kidding! Try energy bars, fruit and lots of protein to keep those fires burning.
Pro tip: Staying hydrated is also key so make sure to down plenty of H2O!
4-Channel Your Inner Boy Scout
Yep! Baden-Powell had it right. Being prepared for any cold weather emergency can make all the difference. Make sure to stock your car with water, calorie-dense snacks, warm blankets, extra sets of dry clothes and emergency flares.
Pro tip: Store your supplies in the passenger compartment in case your trunk gets jammed or frozen shut.
So get this: There's a type of body fat called brown fat cells that consumes calories and releases the energy as heat! Some research suggests that exposure to cold actually boots the amount of brown fat in the body. This may play a role in acclimatizing yourself to cold weather. I know, right? Mind Blown!
Pro tip: Lean people tend to have more brown fat in their bodies than overweight or obese people do, so #OptOutside and start exercising your way to some of that warm, gloriously brown fat.
6-You Know It!
There's nothing better to keep you cozy than a little body to body contact. Warm up this winter under a huge duvet with a partner. We promise, you won't find a better way!
Pro tip: While there are many cuddling positions out there, we suggest a good old-fashioned spooning. It promotes both body heat generation and warm, fuzzy feelings in your heart.
Still cold? Head over to www.mywatsons.com and we'll fix you right up!