According to the Office for National Statistics, the average Briton commutes for 54 minutes every day. So we are all aware of that depressing feeling of waiting for a train in the dark alongside many other miserable commuters or, even worse, driving through the dark, damp streets and straining to see through all the headlights. It’s not fun is it?
That’s why VitaPhysical have come up with some tips and recommendations on how to survive those cold, dark winter commutes.
Ninety percent of a driver’s reaction depends on vision, and vision is severely limited at night. Depth perception, colour recognition, and peripheral vision are compromised after sundown and twilight is one of the most difficult times to drive, because your eyes are constantly changing to adapt to the growing darkness.
Many aches and pains we experience in winter are arthritic. Cold, damp conditions seem to seep into our joints and make them sore and stiff. If you have any kind of body aches and pains – from severe arthritis to that annoying stiffness when you get out of bed in the morning – chances are it feels a little worse in the winter. This is because cold damp weather can invade the channels, causing obstruction and pain; and most of us are less active this time of year, which can add to the problem. The knees and lower back, associated with the Kidney system, are especially vulnerable in winter.
If you have body pain that affects your activities, sleep, or ability to concentrate, or makes you feel unhappy or tired then come and visit us at VitaPhysical
Many of us tend to push through pain, compensate for it, and try not to complain. We may have been told there’s nothing that can be done, or we may consider it an inevitable part of aging. The truth is, pain is a serious quality of life issue, and it reflects complex happenings in the body that can always be worked with, at least to some degree.
Here are a few ways in which you look after yourself through the winter:
- Yoga is an ancient form of exercise designed to gently balance and move energy in the body.
- Make sure you’re dressed warmly enough, indoors and outdoors. The subtle muscle tension that happens when we’re just a little too cold can add to pain and stiffness.
- Eat warming, stimulating foods. Soup and tea are great for everyone. Warming spices and flavours tend to help energy flow: these include cinnamon, turmeric, garlic, any kind of pepper.
- Get a massage A massage relaxes muscles, easing and soothing aches and pains. It rejuvenates and restores your body’s natural balance, helping you feel better equipped for all the things life throws your way. At VitaPhysical we believe everybody deserves a great customised massage. We offer flexible appointment times to fit the busiest schedules, and professional Massage Therapists to custom design the perfect massage to fit your life
- Take Supplements At VitaPhysical we have a range of supplements that will help you through the cold dark winter months. Pop in and speak to our friendly staff who will advise on the best supplements’ for you
- Keep well hydrated – keep up the water but make sure it’s at room temperature and not cold from the fridge. Herbal teas and plenty of soups and fruit will also help. When we become dehydrated, our bodies are more susceptible to injuries and viruses
- Do anything that makes you happy! Stress, depression, crankiness, etc. create GI stagnation. Laughter and love keep things moving. Taking care of your heart takes care of your body!