No-one enjoys being cold, but as we get older, we can become a bit more sensitive to cold weather due to natural changes in the body. Our blood vessels tend to naturally lose their elasticity over time which causes the body’s extremities to get cold faster, or sometimes low blood pressure can simply cause us to feel chillier in general. However you feel about Winter, we’ve put together some of the best tricks, tips and gadgets for keeping warmer for longer.
With energy prices skyrocketing this year, we’re all looking for practical and affordable ways to keep warm this time of year without having the heating on 24/7. While classic blankets can do the job, consider upgrading or doubling up for extra warmth. Why not try a snood, a slanket (a blanket with sleeves) or even an electric blanket to stave off the Winter chill?
When cold snaps strike, it’s tempting to curl up on the sofa rather than going anywhere. But in fact, one of the simplest and most effective ways to increase your body temperature and increase your appetite is exercise. While braving the cold outside may not always be an option, try some light gentle cardio and stretches indoors during the day to keep blood flowing and to prevent muscles from ceasing up. If you need inspiration, take a look at how to stay active if you have limited mobility. You can also find out about the best seated workouts for older people here.
There’s nothing more comforting than a hot mug of your favourite drink in Winter time, but as everywhere starts to feel chillier, you might find your brew going cold quicker than you can drink it. To keep your drinks nice and hot, get practical and dig out your best camping flask or thermos. Quality flasks can keep liquids hot for up to 8 hours, meaning you’re not having to boil the kettle all the time! Investing in an electric mug warmer is another handy hack if you’re particular about the temperature you like to drink your tea at. (According to research, the perfect tea-drinking temperature is between 60C and 65C) These can be bought online and range in price anywhere between £10 – £30.
Get up to date with flu jabs and vaccinations
As flu season fast approaches, regular check-ins with your GP will help to maintain your overall health. Flu booster jabs can stave off further health problems and are usually free for anyone over the age of 65.
As the weather gets colder, we’re all spending more time indoors this time of year. If you want to get your home Winter ready, then a stairlift could be the key to gaining independence, comfort and peace of mind in your home.
Are you concerned about yours or a loved one’s mobility in the home this winter? Our experienced engineers at Halton Stairlifts are on hand to answer any questions you might have about indoor stairlifts to improve access in and around a property. Call the friendly team on 0800 644 7766 to discuss all our straight and curved stairlift options, or to arrange your completely free home assessment today.