Warming Yourself Up: 14 Steps (with Pictures)

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Warming Yourself Up: 14 Steps (with Pictures)
Warming Yourself Up: 14 Steps (with Pictures)

When it's cold, warming yourself up may be desirable or even save your life. Keeping yourself warm can also make you feel more comfortable and lower your energy bill in the winter. Here are some tips to warm yourself up.


Method 1 of 2: Warming yourself up in extreme situations

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Step 1. Wear warm clothes

The best way to keep warm is to wear appropriate clothing. When you go outside, wear layers. Wearing layers is the best way to keep warm.

  • You should have three layers of insulation. For the first layer, wear thermal, long underwear, or material that wicks away moisture. For the middle layer, wear thick materials, such as fleece and down. For the outer layer, you wear a material that protects you from snow, rain and wind.
  • The layers should be loose and not tight. You want to prevent sweating, because sweating creates moisture, which makes you colder.
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Step 2. Cover every part of yourself

Wear a hat, scarf and gloves. Forgetting a scarf can make it much colder for you, as you lose a lot of heat through your neck. Wearing only one layer of pants is a big mistake people make. Wear thermal pants, fleece tights and leg warmers under your pants. Wear multiple socks in winter boots. Make sure that one pair of socks is made of close-fitting wool.

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Step 3. Create friction

If you don't have warm clothes, or if you're layering but still feeling cold, create friction on the cold parts of your body. That generates some heat. Rub your arms or legs and try to create as much friction as possible.

  • If possible, put your arms in your shirt and keep them there. You have become a larger mass and therefore retain more heat because the heat radiates from the clothing and both your arms. If you wear long sleeves, put one arm in one sleeve and vice versa.
  • Become the biggest crowd you can be. Put your arms and hands under your legs or use the shirt technique. But don't spread yourself out -- most of the heat is held when many things are together and can share and release heat among themselves.
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Step 4. Move your arms and legs

To get your feet and hands warm, let some blood flow through them. If your feet are cold, move your legs back and forth 30-50 times. When moving, make sure to include the thigh muscle and swing your legs in wide arcs. To warm up your arms, move your arms in large 360-degree circular motions. Make sure to include each full arm in the movement.

  • One of the reasons your hands and feet get cold is because your core attracts all the heat, leaving your hands and feet bloodless and heat-free. Wear vests and more layers over your torso if your hands and feet are constantly cold.
  • If your extremities like your nose or hands feel cold, blow on them. Use warm air from the back of your throat for your hands. In front of your nose, you can fold hands over your nose. Not only will you warm your nose, but you will also warm your hands with the warm air from your nose.
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Step 5. Cuddle up together

Body heat is transferred between people. A larger mass generates more heat. Other people give off a lot of body heat. If you're stranded somewhere with someone else, cuddle up close to keep warm.

Method 2 of 2: Warming yourself up under normal circumstances

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Step 1. Drink something warm

Drinking hot tea, coffee, and soup activates heat sensors along your digestive tract, giving you a warming sensation. Tea and coffee have many health benefits, so as long as you skip heavy cream, sugars, and marshmallows, you're putting good antioxidants in your body when you heat it up. Soup has the added benefit of being low in calories.

A hot drink can also warm your hands. If you wrap your cold hands around a mug of hot tea, they'll warm up in minutes

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Step 2. Eat ginger

Ginger is a natural way to get warm, with many beneficial side effects. Ginger acts as a stimulant, circulating blood and raising your body temperature. It warms you from the inside. Drink ginger tea, eat gingerbread or ginger biscuits, or use it in other dishes.

Put ginger powder in shoes, slippers or socks if you can't get your feet warm

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Step 3. Get cooking

Using the oven and a simmering stockpot heats up the kitchen by cooking at lower temperatures for a longer period of time. Casserole, stews, and soups are all warming to the body when eaten.

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Step 4. Take a warm bath

Soaking in a warm bath raises your body temperature. If you are cold, try soaking in warm water, or take a hot shower if you prefer. Dry yourself off as soon as possible after the shower and put on a long-sleeved shirt and long pants to keep the heat on your body so you stay warm.

Try saunas and steam baths to warm yourself up, if you can use them

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Step 5. Eat healthy fats

One reason for poor body temperature regulation is a low body fat ratio. Fat is needed to insulate your body. Eat a diet containing monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, found in foods such as nuts, salmon, avocados and olive oil.

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Step 6. Do the housework

Doing household chores gets you moving, which gets your blood flowing. When your blood starts circulating, your core temperature rises. Vacuum, dust, and sweep the floor to warm yourself up.

  • Doing the dishes can help you warm up considerably. Fill the sink with warm water. Leaving your hands in the heat while doing the dishes can help raise your body temperature.
  • Doing the laundry can also help you fight the cold. The heat from the dryer can help warm your cold hands and arms. You can warm yourself up by taking the clothes out of the dryer immediately and putting them on.
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Step 7. Get moving

Exercise gets your blood flowing, which helps you warm up. Go for a run, lift weights, do yoga, or any other movement that makes you sweat.

  • If you are not able to train extensively, do a much smaller form of physical exertion, such as knee bends or push-ups.
  • Do Ashtanga yoga to warm yourself up. This form of yoga involves postures and breathing exercises that generate internal body heat.
  • Are you cold now, but no time for yoga classes? Try the cobra (a yoga pose) to warm yourself up: Lie on your stomach on the floor. Place your palms near your chest. Push yourself up, but only your head, shoulders and chest. Pull your shoulder blades down and together. Hold this for a few seconds, then lower yourself back down. Do a few reps to get hotter.
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Step 8. Breathe through your nose

When you breathe through your nose, the air is warmed up, which helps to raise your body temperature. Try to inhale and hold for four seconds before exhaling. Repeat a few times to warm yourself up.

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Step 9. Be social

According to a study at the University of Toronto, people who are lonely or left out feel colder. Spending time with people makes you feel warmer. Instead of sitting alone in front of the television, visit a friend or relative (if you can).

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