With minus temperatures on the horizon, it’s now or never to get your head around your tactical plan to building a defence against old man winter during your bitter commute.
There are, however, some unhelpful myths buzzing around the internet which must be busted for the sake of thousands of commuters whose bones are expecting an incoming chilling.
We’ve already covered how to avoid getting the flu in the office, but what precautions can you take to keep warm on your commute home?
1. Fill your pockets with handwarmers
You could make your own with a zip-lock bag, water and calcium chloride pellets, which you can get at any hardware shop, but the shop-bought hand-warmer is the perfect companion to chilly mitts on your walk home. Once you crack one of these chemical hand-holders, you’ll never settle for just cotton gloves again.
2. Wear a hat, even if the myth isn’t true
As your mum might tell you, the majority of the heat lost from your body is from your head. This is unfortunately not true. This world belief actually came from a military survival guide from the 70s that suggested that you lose 40-45% of heat from the dome but there are still advantages to wearing a hat. When fully clothed, you’ll lose warmth from any available, uncovered surface.
3. Eat before you leave the office
A great way to keep the body producing warmth is through digestion. By eating something carbohydrate loaded like a banana or flapjack before you venture into the brisk city streets, you can turn your body into a self-sufficient radiator with enough juice to keep you and anyone in your immediate vicinity toasty.
4. Actively get onto packed tube and bus carriages
This is probably the only time we would ever advise getting up-close and personal with your fellow commuter but when the stakes are high and the temperatures are sub-zero, this tactic works a dream.
Expect a harsh adjustment when you leave the station and are hit by arctic winds but if you live close enough, the payoff of escaping the cold for five to ten minutes will be worth it.
5. Think warm thoughts
Science has shown that one’s core body temperature, with enough practice, can be controlled by the mind. That’s how Daredevil Wim Hof managed to climb Everest in just his shorts and run a full marathon in the Namib Desert without altering his core temperature. It’s a mind over matter issue. If Hof can freeze himself for an hour and 44 minutes fully submerged in ice, surely you can muster enough willpower to keep the winter winds from affecting you too much.
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