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.
The secret of stretching: When you stretch, ease your body into position until you feel the stretch and hold it for about 25 seconds. Breathe deeply to help your body move oxygen-rich blood to those sore muscles. Don't bounce or force yourself into an uncomfortable position.
Your dirtiest foot forward: If your ankles, knees, and hips ache from running on pavement, head for the dirt. Soft trails or graded roads are a lot easier on your joints than the hard stuff. Also, dirt surfaces tend to be uneven, forcing you to slow down a bit and focus on where to put your feet – great for agility and concentration.
Knock one back: A glass of red wine a day is good for you. A number of studies have found this, but a recent one found that the polyphenols (a type of antioxidant) in green tea, red wine and olives may also help protect you against breast cancer. It’s thought that the antioxidants help protect you from environmental carcinogens such as passive tobacco smoke.