Tips on staying warm this winter

By on December 28, 2012

by Nicole Partipilo, Kaneland Krier reporter
KANELAND—Staying warm during winter isn’t always the easiest thing to do. Fortunately, there are ways around the cold.

A common way to stay warm is to bundle up in thick layers, which isn’t always the most comfortable option. Here are some other ways to stay warm, without bundling up:
• Take the wind chill factor into account when checking the temperature. Some people don’t and end up cold while outside. The wind chill can affect the temperature up to 40 degrees. With an outside temperature of 30 degrees Fahrenheit, and winds blowing 15 miles per hour, the overall temperature could feel like it dropped by nearly 10 degrees.
• Many times, illness is associated with the cold. Therefore, preventing a chill could help prevent illness. Drink warm fluids and eat warm and spicy foods, as this will help keep your core body temperature up. On the body, the head, hands and feet give off the most heat.
• New ways to keep warm are found with heated clothing. Technology uses different types of heated clothing ranging from socks to gloves and even coats. Whether it’s battery operated or chemically activated, the warmth from heated clothing helps ease those cold winter days.

Remember to wear layers. Although bundling up in thick clothes may look like it’s the best way to stay warm, wearing many thin layers has been proven to work better. The layers catch air between your clothing, creating heat pockets that keep your body warmer than with thick layers.

Another important factor to keep in mind with maintaining a core body temperature is to stay active. Physical exercise helps to work the muscles, raising the overall body temperature.