Have you been keeping warm the right way this winter and in the past? You may not be doing what's best for your body when it comes to getting through these cold, winter months.

What You Need To Know

  • There are plenty of myths that many people take for gospel when it comes to staying warm in the winter

  • You may have been going about keeping warm, all wrong

  • These tips may help you stay warm for the rest of this winter and future winters

Let's say you forgot your gloves and you've been out in the cold for an extended period of time. Your fingers have become cold and you try to warm them up.

A person's first instinct may be to rub your hands together when the best course of action is to wiggle them until they warm.

If your skin has been exposed to sub-freezing temperatures and you believe you may have frostbite, don't try to warm your skin by rubbing it as this may cause tissue damage. Do not try to warm the potential frostbite until you know you're out of the cold weather as exposed skin re-freezing may cause even more tissue damage.

Perhaps you're sitting around your house and you're feeling cold. Many people may reach for a cup of coffee or maybe even a glass of wine or beer to help warm you up. I, myself have fallen guilty of this.

However, both caffeine and alcohol have been found to speed up your body's heat loss.

Coffee (specifically caffeine) can prevent you from getting warm.

Alcohol prevents your body from shivering, which is your body's way of warming itself. You should let your body shiver as it's an involuntary action by your body in repsonse to heat loss.

You definitely don't want to prevent your body's natural way of fighting cold.

Alcohol may help warm your skin but your core body temperature will continue to be low.

Caffeine impacts your blood vessels, which has a direct impact on your hands and feet ability to warm themselves.

Try This Instead

So what should you drink instead of coffee or alcohol? Scientists recommend drinking a warm glass of water and even a nice glass of hot chocolate instead.

Is there any truth to the saying that you should always wear a hat in the cold because you lose the most amount of heat from your head?

Studies have shown that it's always a smart idea to wear something on your head while exposed to cold temperatures but it's also shown that it's not necessarily true that you lose most of the heat from your head.

Hopefully these tips will help you get ready for the next bout of bitter cold!