Staying in Peak Physical Condition Even If the Weather Isn’t Ideal
Whether you hate it or love it, it’s impossible to ignore the changes that the cold season brings. When winter rolls around, you adapt your habits in response, but what you may not know is that some of your traditional habits might be less scientific than you think. When it comes to staying healthy in colder climates, the reality is that most people struggle with common misconceptions. Here are a few that might make you rethink your strategy.
1. You Lose Most of Your Vital Body Heat Through Your Head
According to medical professionals, your head isn’t some high-efficiency radiator that lets all of your precious warmth seep out. The reason for this myth simply has to do with the fact that most people who go outside wear clothes on the other parts of their bodies. Wearing a hat can help, and it’s way more comfortable than putting pants on your head.
2. All You Need to Do to Avoid Colds Is Eat Vitamin C
Vitamin C helps keep your immune system strong and functional, but it’s not a wonder-drug. Although some evidence suggests that ingesting significant amounts of vitamin C when you first get sick might shorten your cold, constantly eating oranges won’t magically cure you. Of course, oranges are pretty enjoyable, so this myth isn’t quite as harmful as some others.
3. If It’s Cold, You Should Avoid Activity
The act of exercising in moderation has been shown to help people improve their responses to colds. Although researchers aren’t sure how this works, winter is no time to cut your routine short all of a sudden. In fact, it’s feasible that stopping your regimen in winter might increase your odds of getting sick by depriving you of the immune-boosting effects you formerly enjoyed thanks to physical activity.
This isn’t to say that all forms of exercise are winter-appropriate no matter what. Always take it in moderation, allow your body to adjust to the changing weather and dress appropriately.
4. You’ll Get Sick From Cold Air Exposure
Many different factors go into whether you come down with a virus, not just the fact that it’s chilly outside. Although some research has drawn connections between cold weather and sluggish immune systems, it’s important to consider other circumstances, such as the quality of your indoor air, your proximity to ill people and your diet.
5. Your Cold Will Just Pass
Although many viruses work themselves out eventually, others are tougher to ditch. Talking to a professional early is the best way to tackle the common cold since understanding what caused your virus and dealing with it helps you avoid more serious complications.
Want to learn more about effective winter healthcare? Check in to Integra Urgent Care online or in person.