Spending time outdoors during the winter season is fun, but requires special precautions. Prevention is a major task for the Athletic Trainer. Here are some things to consider ahead of time when planning for outdoor activities in the cold this winter. Remember, the goal is to be active and avoid injury or illness!
Many of us love the winter season because of the holidays and the time we get to spend with our friends and family members. But something that definitely isn’t so wonderful about this time of year is getting sick. After all, there is a reason winter is known as cold and flu season. Here are some tips on how to prevent yourself from getting sick:
- Get plenty of sleep. Sleeping boosts your immune system by releasing the hormone cortisol. Making sure you get at least seven hours of sleep per night is an easy way to keep yourself from getting sick.
- Take a hot and cold shower. You can jump-start your immune system with fluctuations of temperature. For 30 seconds at the end of your shower, stand under the hottest stream of water your body can tolerate. Then for 10 seconds, turn the water to cold. Repeat this three times.
- Exercise moderately. If you exercise too much and too intensely, this can actually make you sicker and cause your body to be more susceptible to catching an illness. But exercising moderately can boost your immune system.
- Disinfect your living and work space often. Remember to disinfect your car steering wheel and gearshift, telephone, keyboard, mouse, light switches, TV remote, gas station pump. Keep hand sanitizer at your desk and in your car.
- Wash your hands and sing Happy Birthday to ensure you scrub long enough using warm water and soap
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow, not into your hands.
Read the previous safety tips. Continue reading the BOC blog posts throughout the month of December to read the full 12 safety tips for the winter season.