Staying Healthy When Temperatures Drop
By Donna Stark
Has the weather shifted where you live yet? Were you in shorts and a tee last weekend, but are now finding yourself grabbing your sweatpants and jackets for the one coming up? If you are having trouble dealing with the drop in temperature, keep reading. There are many things you can do to weather this change in weather and make it easier on your body and overall health. Take a look at a few of the suggestions below that your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic recommend.
Warm Up Before Physical Activity
Warm-ups aren't just for your workouts. They are critical for any physical activity you do, especially if that activity is outdoors in the colder temperatures. Cooler conditions cause muscle tightness and can lead to an increased risk of strains and other injuries. So take a few minutes before you become active to stretch and engage in some light movements. Do this while indoors when your body is warmer.
Invest in a Humidifier
No matter how you look at it, one thing is clear ... fall brings drier air, and this dry air can take a toll on your overall health and wellness. Your skin and membranes may become drier, and that can make you more susceptible to those annoying cold and flu invaders. However, when you invest in a humidifier for your home (or several if your home is large), you can create an extra wall of defense. With the proper level of humidity, you can reduce the risk of getting sick with colds, the flu, and many other viruses in general. On top of that, your skin will feel and look better too!
Fuel Your Body With Great Nutrition
It usually seems like our immune systems are under attack during the colder months of the year, so make sure you are fueling your body with amazing nutrition. Fill your meals with lean proteins, fruit, and plenty of vegetables. Try to choose foods containing Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and zinc, and if you are at all worried about whether you are getting what you need, ask your doctor for advice on other supplements.
Get Adjusted Regularly
There is one more thing you can do to get your body prepared for the colder temperatures. You can see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic regularly! Routine chiropractic care can alleviate pain, ease muscle tension and joint stiffness, and improve the overall function of your body's major systems. It's exactly what you need when you are forced to brave the blistery temperatures.
Taking Care of Your Body
Yes, it's important to take care of your body throughout the entire year, but sometimes, the colder seasons require a little more attention. So be proactive! Follow the suggestions above and see your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic regularly.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Gahanna, Ohio.