Adapting To The Colder Temperatures

Winter Gnyp

 It takes our bodies a while to adjust to cold weather.  But they will adapt over time.  Studies have found we tend to shiver more at the beginning of winter than at the end.  Because by January, we're used to it. But there are a couple of ways to make your body adjust more quickly:  There is a  fast way that is safer, and a really really fast way, but be warned, the really fast way sounds miserable, and you shouldn't do it if you have heart issues . . .



1.  The fast way:  Spend more time in the cold, and LET yourself be cold.  Don't bundle up every time you go out for a few minutes.  Or just wear a light jacket, not a coat. Obviously don't do anything dangerous.  But the idea is the more you're exposed to cold weather, the faster you'll adapt.  Turning your thermostat down also helps.


2.  The really fast way:  Start taking cold showers.  The U.S. Army has put a lot of money into studying how our bodies adapt to the cold.  And they found that cold showers and baths really speed things up. One expert says to go slow by starting your shower off with 15 seconds of cold water before warming it up.  Then each day, add 10 more seconds of cold water. But ONLY if your heart is healthy!


Or do as I do, just accept it is winter and it is cold. We shiver and shake and are glad for a furnace!!