Cold weather Tips
Cold temperatures can cause serious health problems, especially in children and older adults. To stay safe this winter: Dress warmly, in several loose fitting layers, take frequent breaks from the cold, stay active while outside to maintain body heat, cover your head and hands with hats and gloves and if extremities begin to feel numb, go inside immediately.
Keeping your social networks alive and well may help benefit your ticker over the long term. Social support has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, and people who do have heart attacks fare better if they are socially connected.
Snow Shoveling Tips
Shoveling snow can be risky business! The combination of cold(which causes blood vessels to constrict) and physical exertion increases the risk of heart attack. To minimize health risks while shoveling snow, consider these tips:
Be sure you are physically up for the task, take breaks and don't forget to hydrate- it's "exercise".
Dress in layers to prevent overheating and wear a hat to avoid losing excessive heat.
Push snow instead of lifting when possible, lift with your legs instead of your back, never twist with a load- pivot with your feet instead.
Cover your mouth with a scarf to warm the air as it enters your body.
Wear appropriate shoes or boots with lugged soles to avoid potential slips.
Or...just pay a kid to do it!
Is your energy lagging? Though it may be the last thing you feel like doing when you're tired, exercise -- even a brisk walk -- can be more effective than a nap or cup of coffee at fighting fatigue.