Sports or Snow? I'm Choosing Both!

Last year we enjoyed neither the wintery weather, neither the frost nor cold temperatures. Even though the new year has just started, we already have been given loads of snow - it's easy to tell that 2021 will be better than the last year was! All we want to do now is run outside, make snow angels, snow fight, and go with the sledges from hills… 

However, we must not forget the seriousness of the outgoing situation and quarantine restrictions, so the only way to truly enjoy the winter is to do it safely. We are not only talking about maintaining a safe distance from other people but also taking care of yourself before going outside and once returned into a closed environment. As national lockdown turned our lives upside down, wintertime is a perfect season to get oneself back together and start exercising! The only question is how we are supposed to do it? Is it possible to harmonize both sports and winter?

When to Play Sports? – Winter vs. Other Seasons

No doubt, for some people winter is the most unlikeable season of the year and, in this case, their emotions are based on wintery weather conditions – wind, snowfall, cold, frost, etc. Here at Biomedicanna, we believe there is no such thing as bad weather – only failure to prepare for it. There is no need to get angry about winter as it is always better to invest in quality warm clothing: parka, boots, gloves, scarf, thermal clothes, etc. Winter clothing helps to solve the problem above, allows to enjoy the season, and exercise without the fear of getting cold.

If we compare exercising in winter with activities at other seasons, most people will say that they can only exercise at summertime when the sun goes down. They have such opinions because the temperature is sometimes too hot to handle. Summer is dangerous for both the amateurs and professional athletes as they fall to the risk of getting sunburnt or fainting. Even though this may seem as not a problem at all, people who choose outdoor activities at summer are often irritated by mosquitos and other insects; therefore, people with severe allergies better play sports as far from such places as possible. Exercising in both spring and autumn is also far from perfect conditions. These seasons are characterized by heavy rainfalls, so sometimes running tracks and trails may be flooded and impenetrable.

Here winter wins the fight with other seasons as the most unlikeable weather conditions can quickly be turned into a perfect sports environment. One only need to show some creativity and prepare for weather and terrain changes in advance.

Where to Exercise? – Indoor vs. Outdoor

The goal to start exercising is probably one of the most popular New Year goals of all time – sadly, it means starting to exercise despite winter conditions. At this time of the year, indoor places are the only help allowing us comfortably play sports and keep a good shape. One can always exercise at home – now it’s quite easy to turn an unused room into a private gym but, of course, a yoga mat in the middle of the living room is still a great idea. For those who associate the good physical form with professional sports equipment, the gym is true salvation. Here for considerably low monthly membership price one can use various exercise equipment, relax in swimming pools or saunas, and get valuable advice from professional coaches. Because we all had spent an entire year at home, indoor exercising at this moment may not be the best idea. As all of the gyms and sports centres are closed, outdoor exercising is the best way to get out of this gloomy reality. 

Outdoor activities and sports have more advantages than one may think of – exercising in the fresh air does not cost anything! There are plenty of community sports courts, beautiful trails and parks where you may find out that walking is the best type of sports out there. Moreover, some exercises do not even need special equipment, so you can exercise wherever you are! There is one aspect left to discuss; outdoor sports also help decrease exercising anxiety as no people would be uncomfortably watching you doing push-ups or sit-ups – the nature does not judge!

How to Face the Cold? – Fear vs. Protection

We now surely know that winter is the best time for outdoor activities and exercising, yet no one at that time is protected from sport-related traumas and other dangers. Firstly, one has to prepare to face the cold temperature. If a person fails to dress warmly, he/she risks of having their body temperature fall below 35 degrees Celsius. Such condition is called Hypothermia; one's organs start to shut down, a person starts shivering, later turn drowsy and loses consciousness. Sadly, all of the symptoms lead to a fatal ending. 

It is considerably easy to protect ourselves from the cold – we only need warm clothing and waterproof footwear; the latter is essential as frozen limbs often mean amputation. Despite being able to cover ourselves from head to toe, our face is often left uncovered. Face skin is delicate and sensitive and, depending on various skin types, it can react to cold weather conditions differently. In this case, we encourage everyone to add rich face cream to one's cosmetics bag during wintertime. Mentioned cream creates a protective layer and does not allow the skin to completely dry out. Besides, the product provides excellent antioxidant protection and have anti-inflammatory properties. 

How to Stay on Feet? – Slip vs. Grip

As soon as the first snow falls, people can’t seem to stay on their feet – as if they have forgotten how to keep the balance! Soon A&E Hospital departments fill will poor ones, who have stepped on icy surfaces, slipped, and awkwardly landed. While lucky ones experience severe muscle strains, not so lucky ones have broken bones. Indeed, slip and fall accidents are not only very common but also costly; it takes at least two months for a broken bone to heal completely. Such trauma means you will have to wait another year to enjoy winter, but – hey! – use this time wisely, plan and prepare for next year winter adventures!

The main reason for these injuries is wrongly chosen footwear; all winter boots must provide its wearer better traction and grip, so one does not slip and fall. While it is relatively easy to watch where are you going while walking, it’s several times harder to do that while playing sports – here you must react to various environment changes very quickly. Fresh snow can also hide slippery ice surface underneath; therefore, to protect oneself from falls, he/she must do both wear good winter shoes and be attentive. However, unfortunate situations are always just around the corner – do not hesitate to go to the hospital if your slip and fall accident was more of a serious one. Yet if you simply slipped and bruised your skin, try using CBD Cooling Gel, which also helps relax tense muscles and relieves soreness!

We have familiarized you with ways to protect yourself from harsh winter conditions - now you are officially allowed to enjoy winter and exercise outdoors like professional. Here at Biomedicanna, we love winter, and more than that we love being healthy and doing sports – every day we successfully connect these two passions and enjoy playing various outdoor winter games, which serve as serious full-body workouts. Now we challenge you and your friends to try at least a few winter activities that our team have tried and recommend!

Stay safe and enjoy snow while we can!

How to Protect Yourself from the Freezing Cold?

Autumn has already conquered not only our lives but also wardrobes as falling tree leaves and harsh winds make us crave for warm and cosy moments. In reality, the autumn is much more than vivid colours and pumpkins. Sadly, it also means the temperature dropping lower and lower every single day. Morning frost follows cold weather and suggests winter season being just around the corner. Some may say that there is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing, but is it really the case?

Why Cold Weather and Freezing Temperature are Dangerous?

It is no secret that some people may react to the same temperatures differently – one will feel cold while another one will say that the temperature is too warm for him or her to feel comfortable. However, no one tends to argue about the coldness of negative or very low temperatures, which are the attributes of late autumn and usually stays throughout the winter. It is widely known that cold temperatures cause physiological stress and can result in damaged body parts, such as ears, nose, cheeks, fingers or toes, etc. Damaged skin will be quickly covered in painful blisters, and different body parts will go numb and might turn black.

Cold weather makes our bodies lose heat faster than they are capable of producing. Such a condition is called hypothermia and is one of the most common problems which happen to people after being exposed to freezing temperatures as well as icy water. Hypothermia is a real threat to every person, as even as little as 10 to 15 minutes is enough to get frostbites and risk with an amputation of the limbs. Besides, cold temperatures increase the chance of experiencing heart failure as hearts try to work harder to keep us warm but are not able to.

Cold weather sounds scary, right? Well, it does not have to be like that! We will tell you all about how to prepare to face all of the freezing challenges thrown at us!

Strength to Fight the Cold Comes from Within

Medical researchers strive hard to educate the society about the cold and its effects on the human body. They all agree that the healthier the person is, the more easily he or she can cope with low temperatures. Therefore, the fight against the cold begins with one’s inner strength – the immune system. We should think of the immune system as an invisible shield protecting us not only from the cold but also from various viruses and bacteria; thus, strengthening the immune system is very important. However, it is necessary to maintain its power using the right methods.

Probably the most popular way of increasing the immune system’s toughness is including citrus fruits into one’s regular diet. Full of Vitamin C, lemons are natural antioxidants that improve a person’s immune barrier and has antiviral and antibacterial abilities. Besides nutritious and healthy foods, CBD products , and especially CBD oil drops , are gaining their popularity in the field of immune-strengthening at an impressive speed.

The Importance of Hot Fluids

Let’s not assume that sipping coffee on your way to work in the morning is only a fashion statement – it is a ritual of self-care, body awakening method, and excellent protection against frostbite. For these reasons, the reusable coffee cup – eco-friendliness is one of the biggest goals for humanity – must become your loyal companion during the cold season. However, medical practitioners advise opting for tea instead of coffee or choosing hot water and various herbs or berries mix. It does not matter that when you return home, it looks like you don’t need hot fluids anymore – homemade broths are considered not only delicious foods but also medicine, which you must include in your food ration. For example, Jewish Chicken soup is also called Jewish Penicillin that can significantly cut the time one spends being sick. Oral consumption is not the only way how hot fluids can help your body and immune system fight the cold – hot water baths are used widely throughout the world to warm people’s hands, feet, and whole bodies. Hot bubble baths with various extracts and natural oils both help relax and accelerate the functional processes of the body.

Protection Against the Cold from the Bottom to the Top

It’s true that negative temperatures can quickly take over the whole body, so the secret to the best protection against the cold is not letting it grab you in the first place. That means minimising the area of naked skin when going out in the cold and protecting uncovered skin patches as well. You ask how? We answer!

Proper footwear. Various traumas come together with winter frost, and only high-quality non-slip boots can protect you from spending valuable time in the A&E department of your local hospital. Yes, high-quality winter shoes can sometimes be expensive, but once you invested your money into them, you will surely be safe from trip and slip accidents. Keeping feet warm and dry is the key to a safe winter season as urinary tract inflammation, and kidney problems often start with soaking-wet shoes and socks after you did not see that puddle.

Layering clothes. The bigger - the better does not apply to dress up for the cold as here the number one rule is to layer outdoor clothing. Before going outside, you must protect yourself with at least 3 to 4 layers of clothes, starting with a long-sleeve shirt, jumper, thinner jacket, and, preferably, an eiderdown parka coat. For the bottoms, we advise you to wear thermo-leggings or pantyhose and warm pants on top of them; be aware that jeans material attracts the cold, so you should leave this piece of clothing for the higher temperatures.

Skin protection. Logically thinking, only our faces are left uncovered without any clothing during freezing colds. Although we can choose to wear a full-face covering ski-masks, we rarely to never do so. In such cases, it is necessary to maintain the richness and oily skin texture and to create moisture barriers between our actual skin and the frost. We recommend you try our new Extra-Rich Face & Body Cream  against cold, which provides excellent antioxidant protection and also has anti-inflammatory properties. Besides that, this best winter cream is safe for people with oily or acne-prone skin. The good news does not end there - one of the key cream ingredients is CBD!

Life-saving accessories. Every season is better with the right stylish accessories, but it is even more advantageous if they can save your life or at least improve overall well-being. It is nice to think about these three accessories – gloves, scarf, and hat – as some winter protection trinity as they are valuable both individually and complement each other. Gloves are a must to protect fingers from the cold as limbs get the frostbite way faster than other body parts. Big and fluffy scarfs safeguard throats from inhaling cold air into one’s lungs and causing bronchial irritation, cough, and shortness of breath. A warm hat shields the head and protects the brain from such problems as confusion and loss of orientation, which usually leads to far more complicated issues like hypothermia.

No season shows up unexpectedly, but cold weather can do just that! When it comes to strengthening your immune system, it should become your lifetime goal – a strong immune system means protection from many, often invisible problems. Besides that, you should always carry with yourself rich cream against the cold and a reusable cup for hot beverages – these things will protect you from the outside and strengthen from within. Even though you cannot take your whole wardrobe together with yourself all the times, have some outfits at home prepared in advance, so when you see snow outside your window, it will take you less time to get ready to make snow angels!


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