"My Butt Is Always Cold!" How to Keep Your Rump Warm This Winter
"My Butt Is Always Cold!"
Did your mom ever tell you that you had to wear a hat because you lose most of your body heat from the top of your head? I'm sure that's true for many people - but as I'm getting a little older, I'm finding every year that my head isn't the problem. In fact, the problem is at the opposite end of my body - my butt is ALWAYS cold! I started telling my friends about this problem and as it turns out, I'm not alone. There are a lot of women out there who find that their biggest challenge in staying warm all winter isn't their head - it's their tail. Here are some tips on keeping your rump warm this winter.
Never Let 'Em See You Shiver
As with most inquiries, when I first started trying to get to the bottom (pun intended) of this problem, I googled. And not surprisingly, TV's Dr. Oz rose to the top of the search results with a proposed answer to this problem. (See it here: http://www.sharecare.com/question/why-my-butt-alwa... Dr. Oz's take on the cold butt situation is that a cold butt is the result of too much fat and not enough muscle in one's posterior. He suggests building more muscle to bring blood flow to the area. I have two problems with that proposed solution. First, my butt is cold TODAY, not three months and 30,000 leg lifts from now! And second, when one complains that their head is cold, nobody tells them to build scalp muscle. The quick and easy solution is to put on a hat! The cold butt problem deserves a quick and easy solution, as well. My strategy is this: never let 'em see you shiver!
Keep It Warm All Day
Once your rear gets cold, it seems to be very hard to get warmed back up. The secret to keeping it warm is literally to never let 'em see you shiver - make sure you keep warm all day long. For me this starts with Cuddl Duds warm long underwear, a nice, long coat that comes to the knees and a heated seat warmer for the car. Maybe you're lucky and your car came complete with heated seats? But if you're like me and that's not the case, you can add a plug-in seat warmer to your vehicle. I purchased a cheap one from Amazon for less than $25 and received free shipping - in fact, the model I purchased is pictured below. It works great, has high and low settings, and heats up quickly, even before my vehicle's heater starts blowing! So, I'm nice and toasty all the way to work.
In my office, though, my back side spends at least 45 hours a week just a foot from a cold window, and this was the chilliest part of my day. I work in a "green" facility, and we do not allow our staff to have space heaters in their work spaces, partly in an effort to save energy but also in an effort to keep costs low. I got around this problem by using a Lava Buns seat cushion on my office chair. These are designed for cold stadium seats - but let me tell you, they work beautifully indoors as well. Inside the Lava Buns cushion is a gel pack which goes into the microwave for a few minutes. (And be careful when you take it out - it gets really, really hot!) The gel pack goes inside a quilted cushion and radiates heat all day. Sitting on the Lava Buns cushion doesn't just keep my back side warm - it seems to keep me warm all over! You could use one in the car, on the couch, or wherever you go when you need a burst of heat.
Rump Warmers on Amazon - Products I've used and loved that helped keep me warm this winter
Keep It Simple
It's as simple as that, really. Keep your buns warm during each stage of your day and never let them get chilled, and you'll find that you are warmer and more comfortable all over. Add layers, add heat sources, and stay comfy all day! And if you find that it's not your rump but some other body part that's constantly cold, you can apply the same approach... Just make sure you have the warm weather gear you need and pay careful attention to never let yourself get chilly. You'll be nice and toasty all winter long.