Not many of us like winter – single digit temperatures, less sunlight – but the health benefits of the cold may, in fact, outweigh these unpopular winter aspects. We can create opportunity everywhere and find something positive about the cold that will make winter feel less, well, wintery.
Cold and Possible Health Risks
Being exposed to the elements, especially harsh cold conditions for a prolonged period of times, can have devastating effects on the body. Some conditions are even deadly. It is advisable to know the weather conditions before heading out and follow proper winter protocol to avoid these risks.
- Hypothermia – When your body loses more heat than it produces, dropping your body temperature below 95°F (35°C) it can go into hypothermic shock.
- Common cold and flu – The accompanying aches and pains, coughing, runny nose and fever associated with the common cold and flu virus are more likely to happen during winter.
- Frostbite – The damage of skin tissues due to prolonged exposure to cold and especially windy conditions
- Depression – Seasonal affective disorder or winter depression is linked to vitamin D deficiency due to a lack of sunlight.
Health Benefits of the Cold
Now that we know the risks, let’s explore the benefits and shed some positive light on the winter doom and gloom.
- Time for Gathering – In order to avoid the aforementioned depression, do not stay tucked under your comforter. Avoid isolation and get out there. Don’t wait until the holidays to gather with your loved ones. Host a party, start a book club, Skype friends and family.
- Bug Free Zone – Ok you can catch a cold if you are not careful but isn’t it great that there are no mosquitoes with all the diseases they may carry
- Calorie Burning – Cold and exercise can trigger brown fat burning mechanisms. Your body also burns more calories in order to keep your running temperature at or around 98.6°F. Double burn!
- Inflammation Reduction – Ice packs, cryotherapy, and cold weather are known to reduce aches, pains and inflammation. That’s why more and more people, including star athletes, are heading to the cryochamber.
Common sense, prudence, and heeding advice from health professionals will lead us to the path of safety when dealing with harsh winters, especially in colder regions. Instead of bracing ourselves for the negative impact of the cold on our life, let’s prepare to embrace the full health benefits of the cold. And who knows, you may like it so much that when the weather gets warmer you’ll come running to the closest cryospa.
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