Brrrr, it’s starting to get colder. I don’t know about you, but I can’t understand how every year I have mismatched gloves, missing hats and scarves. About this time of year when I have to break out all the winter gear, I am forever perplexed about where the heck all these things go! Perhaps they are with the missing socks from the dryer. At any rate, I oddly adore the winter months. It’s a chance to slow down, to strip down and be at our rawest self, not only in our own bodies but also in our environments. Winter gets a really bad rap, here are some winter myth busters that may just change your mind about how you feel about the season of brrrr!!!
Myth: Cold air can make you sick: Despite being called the common “cold,” lower temperatures alone won’t make you sick. In fact, the exact opposite is true. Plus, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, cold viruses grow best at about 91 degrees. And there’s nothing like some good ol’ fresh air!! Get out there, even if it’s for a short amount of time!!! But stay warm and LAYER!!!
Myth: You shouldn’t exercise in the cold: Research shows (Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise) in cold temperatures, race times are actually faster-and quicker paces burn more calories in less time! Plus endorphin levels can spike with harder and faster workouts in colder outdoor temps!! Get up and GET MOVIN!!!
Myth: You don’t need sunscreen in the winter: What the WHAT!!! Department stores should stock sunscreen with the toboggan hats. “Because the Earth’s surface is closer to the sun during the winter months, we are actually exposed to more harmful rays without even realizing it,” says Robert Guida, MD, a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City. What’s more, snow and ice can both reflect up to 80% of harmful UV rays so they can hit the skin twice, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.
Myth: You lose most of your body heat through your head: This is very interesting and something I thought to be true for quite some time. A 1950’s Army study stated this to be true, however it is now true that most of your body heat doesn’t escape through your head! Check this out: “In the now-infamous study, volunteers visited the Arctic with their heads exposed. However, the rest of their bodies were outfitted in gear designed to protect against the cold, so it’s logical that they lost most of their body heat from their heads,” she says. If you go outside without gloves, you’ll lose a disproportionate amount of heat through your hands.”
Myth: Drinking alcohol warms you up: Alcohol causes your blood to rush to your skin immediately causes you to feel rosy red, and pulling it away from your internal organs; so what this actually means is your core body temperature actually drops when you are consuming all those holiday libations. Additionally, alcohol impairs your body’s ability to shiver and may create extra heat, giving off the experience of feeling hot when you actually aren’t. Good to know!
Some interesting myths to consider as we enter into the winter season, so bundle up, gear up and get ready for an amazing season of brrr!!!!!
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