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Nine ways to stay warm this winter

Updated on November 14, 2016

Prepare for winter

In my previous two hubs, I've mentioned how you can warm up this season, if you do Pilates, Yoga, or pi-yo in general. Now here's some helpful nine ways everyone can stay warm all season long, courtesy from the website of http://bodyandhealth.canada.com, that was posted this year. Please feel free to copy them or print them off here.

Ashtanga Yoga keeps you warm

If you're a fellow yogi, you can warm up by following Ashtanga yoga.For fellow yogis, you can warm up by trying Ashtanga yoga this winter season. To make it work, you use a special breathing technique and connect with a series of poses that flow together back to back Afterwards, you've created internal body heat that will make you feel stronger, warmer, and flexible with new energy, even after you attend a cold yoga class or session.

Slow cook your foods with slow-cookers

If you have a slow cooker with you, you can switch it on for slow-cooking your food. With a catch-all slow cooker, that will help get you all caught up with a variety of vitamin-rich veggies. To create your own healthy and hearty stews, throw in some cuts of turkey, pork or chicken for your lean protein and combine them with your potatoes, parsnips, pumpkin or squash.

Crock pots are perfect for making hot apple cider

Your crock pot can be handy for making hot apple cider. We all crave for hot drinks like apple cider, hot cocoa, and steaming cups of coffee or tea for those cold winter days and nights. If you're a coffee drinker, have no fear. According to a recent study, it have proven that a cup of coffee won't kill you. For those who want high antioxidant drinks, you can try having a mug of black and green tea, cocoa or a glass of red wine. For fellow marshmallow lovers, use your marshmallows in moderation for your hot cocoa.

Have a steamy escape from a sauna or hot tub at your local gym to clear your pores

Get steamed with a sauna or bath

Hot cocoa could also benefit your skin, too. For many years, tons of people have enjoyed steam baths, saunas, hot soaks and hot cocoa with or without an extra flavor. Any of these drinks can warm and relax you.

If you choose to do a steamy escape, just be cautious with the steam itself. Extreme heat can lead to having a heat stroke or dehydration, while the steam will relax you and also relieve your hurting muscles. If you do feel ill or faint, take a break. Try infusing a brief leisure bath with lavender essential oil for another calm and warm option this winter. If you have certain medical conditions, stay away from the steam, or see your doctor.

Bundle up from head to toe in winter with a hat, scarves and mittens as well

Bundle Up with layers of clothing

Besides scarves to shield our necks from the cold and hats that helps us from losing 30% of body heat from our heads, consider trying a body warmer. Based on the haramaki, it's an 16th-century Samurai protective wrap. Our modern day version can be worn under other layers of clothing and wrapped around our midsection. If you have shirts that might cause a drought in the mid-section and also too short, it would provide coverage for the entire area.

Other ideal layers of clothing for winter are leg warmers, balaclavas, faux turtleneck warmers and earmuff. Go outside in many layers.


Wear wooly socks to bed

If you wear some wooly socks and warm flannel pajamas on a long, cold winter, night, and are also awakened by a fitful sleep, you can improve the quality of sleep by warming your skin. By increasing your skin temperature by only 0.4 degrees Celsius with socks on your feet, you might experience a deeper, satisfying sleep with fewer wake-ups.

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Apply heat to sore spots

To comfort your stressed nerves and to sooth tight muscles, apply some heat. Around tired feet or stiff wrists, drape a heating pad. To create a flexible heating pad, try stuffing a clean sock with uncooked rice and pop it into the microwave to wrap around your aching neck and shoulders. If you have an old fashioned water bottle, that would help ease a headache and also raise your skin temperature. Warm body rubs made from eucalyptus, mint, ginger or cinnamon could create heat, too.

Huddling with your pet is a great way to stay warm this winter with their body warmth and feline or canine loving

Huddle up with others

You can huddle up with friends instead of being alone this winter. If you summon up happy memories, you'll feel warmer than the cold weather outside. If you have pets, that would work, too, including getting close to a warm furry body. Loneliness will make you feel cold inside.

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Get close to others

The concept of snuggling up to someone when you're cold was a good instinct from the animal kingdom and good physics, too. Warmth will be transferable from a warm body to a cold body. A snuggle can be innocent or intimate, too.

When you're making love, that will also generate some body heat. And this might sound weird, too. You could also make things steamier, If you keep your socks on at night. According to a Dutch study, researchers have found couples who had cozy toes to reach orgasm than those who were bare foot. Now you have a much better reason to wear socks to bed.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Aww thanks Sandy for stopping by to visit. Hope you'll stay warm this winter. :-)

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Wisconsin

      The sauna and hot apple cider in crock pot warmed me up just thinking about it.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks for stopping by Alice. Good idea.

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      Alice 2 years ago

      Great hub, thank you! I´m looking forward to winter, even though I don´t really like the cold... But I feel prepared now, for there are so many ways to stay warm, while it´s cold outside.

      Unfortunately I don´t own a fireplace, but I found videos on youtube showing filmed fireplaces. They look beautiful and make you feel warm, too. ;-) If you´re interested, here´s a link:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CemJBeMdAkA

      Love, Alice

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Dianna, that sounds so cool. Good idea! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      My goal is to get an infrared sauna for the heat and health benefits. My usual winter warming involves bundling and thick socks. I love cuddling too!

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Nell, it's always so good to hear from you. Good for you! Thanks so much! Stay warm this winter over there in England. Thanks so much.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi, I just bought myself a wonderful new fir snood! and boots too, so I am already to get warm out there! lol! love all your ideas, nell

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks Poetry for your warm thoughts and comments.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Cuddling is hands down the best way to stay warm. The rest of the methods you mentioned or okay too.

      Voted up.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks Sandeep for your kind comments.

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      Sandeep Rathore 2 years ago from New Delhi

      Excellent tips, indeed. Thanks for writing such an informative hub. It's always a great pleasure reading your hub.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks so much Giovanna! I sure can imagine it.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from Perth UK

      Lots of great ideas I love saunas wish I had one at home! My husband lived in Sweden for a while and he had one in the back garden - wow can you imagine that! Great hub - voted up.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks Peggy for stopping by. I'm glad it's useful, until spring's officially here.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Bundling up is the way to go! I liked your other suggestions also and when it is cold I most often keep socks on my feet. :))

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks Flourish for stopping by and commenting. I'm glad it was useful, until spring's officially here.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Very useful ideas for this cold, never ending winter! I like the crock pot idea. And fresh baked bread.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks for stopping by, Linda. Lucky you for living in Las Vegas. I'm glad to share my handy tips for anyone to survive and brave the cold this winter, since spring's around the corner.

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      lindacee 2 years ago from Arizona

      Living in Las Vegas, I don't have to worry too much about staying warm during the winter months, but I did when I lived in Denver. Sure don't miss the cold! Thanks for sharing your tips. I'm sure there are a lot of folks out there that can use them!

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Stay warm, Emma. Lucky you for moving to California! Spring's around the corner.

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      Emma Heim 2 years ago

      It is currently snowing and I can't wait until I move to California and I don't have to use these tips anymore!

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Daisy, Chris and Ezzly, thanks for stopping by and reading my hub. I hope it helps you keep you warm.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Wilderness, me too. I've used the ceiling fan a little bit this winter, when I keep the heater off. And it also helps save money on the bills, too. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Dan Harmon 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      As I get older I hate the cold more and more. A slower metabolism, I suppose. One of the things I've found to help is a ceiling, gently blowing UP, not down. It mixes the warm air at the ceiling into the rest of the room without making a cooling breeze.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Hope one of these nine ways keep you warm, Susan. It's cold over here in Ohio.

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      Susan Zutautas 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I'm always looking for ways to stay warm especially this winter with the crazy temperatures hitting a low of -38C.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Au fait, you've asked good questions. I have no idea about how the homeless would survive these kind of winter. They would go to a soup kitchen for food. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      These are great ideas for people with houses and jobs and 'stuff,' but I wonder how homeless people might somehow manage to stay warm in the winter? They don't always have friends they can cuddle with and sometimes they don't have a chance to bathe very often.

      I like the layered clothing idea but I'm wondering what a body warmer costs? At least 2000 people freeze to death every year in the U.S. Homeless people. How many layers are enough when it's -20 degrees?

      Please don't suggest shelters. They're dangerous and overcrowded at best. People are often turned away, and they're only allowed to stay in them from 5PM to 7 AM leaving the entire day to manage somehow out in the cold. A lot of people don't bother to find these things out because they really don't care about the less fortunate.

      You have some very good ideas for people who aren't stuck indefinitely out in the cold and who can afford these things. Well written, also.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      CrisSp, I'm with you. It's been frigid cold here in Ohio too. Thanks for stopping by.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Steamy escape from a sauna sounds very nice on these frigid days we are experiencing up north (currently at -18) and all your tips sounds absolutely wonderful.

      Ahh...can't wait for Spring/Summer.:)

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Good for you, Sunshine. I wish I was in Orlando with you, since it's freezing cold here in Ohio.

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I live in Orlando and do NOT like being cold...I bundle up! My body is used to 90* temps. Great tips! That sauna looks like fun! :)

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      Fantastic ideas, have to say I love saunas and hot baths, also great when your back is particularly sore !

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      daisyjae 2 years ago from Canada

      I hate being cold!! I will try all your tips! Thank you for sharing them!

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      Krzysztof Willman 2 years ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      I can't stand the cold and this time of year I could use some of your tips. Thanks for sharing nice article!