Winter can be a festive season filled with holiday fun, sledding, snowman making, and other activities that make the cold weather fun.
However, it is crucial to maintain good health and safety when the temperature begins to drop. The sometimes harsh conditions of winter can make it hard to travel and put excess physical strain on your daily routine. Conversely, it may be hard to maintain healthy levels of diet and exercise when it feels like you’re snowed in for several days at a time.
Take note of the health and safety tips below that address specific challenges, and solutions, to maintaining a happy and healthy winter! Many of the tips below are also recommended by the CDC using common safety guidelines for the winter season.
Always bundle up, and in layers, when temperatures drop to extreme lows
The cold temperatures during the winter season elevate the chance of experiencing hypothermia, or even frostbite, without the proper clothing.
Bundle up in multiple layers that include an inner layer, outer layer, and additional hats/gloves to prevent heat loss. You’ll also want warm non-slip boots to decrease the likelihood of heat loss. Having non-slip boots also ties into our next winter safety tip:
Avoid ice and high physical strain when removing snow
Significant amounts of ice and snow may present some critical health risks if you’re not careful.
Removing or clearing heavy snow could increase your risk of physical exhaustion and heart attack if done in excess. You can reduce the risk of heart and cardiovascular strain by pacing yourself when shoveling now and by taking regular breaks indoors.
Additionally, icy walkways and roadways greatly increase the risk of experiencing a fall or slip. Bundle up, wear those non-slip boots, and make sure to carefully walk around, or across, icy surfaces.
In the event of a slip-and-fall injury via ice and icy surfaces, go seek urgent care to receive fast treatment for fractures, sprains, and minor injuries on a walk-in basis.
Plan ahead to stay active, eat healthy, and avoid illnesses!
Preparation is key when making sure that you’re maintaining a healthy lifestyle during the winter. Significant amounts of snowfall can inhibit your ability to maintain an adequate diet and exercise routine.
Give yourself a week to plan out healthy meals and cook high-energy meals. The cold weather during winter can lead to higher-than-usual appetite, so try making a high-protein breakfast to curb appetite swings. Take time to also research fruits and vegetables that contain high-calorie counts to bolster energy.
Also, plan ahead exercise routines in advance to avoid stagnation and long-term inactivity. Planning with a family member or friend can add some fun to your physical activity routine as well!