Exercise has been shown to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression . Finding the time, the energy and the motivation to exercise during the warm summer months is easier than doing so during the winter. But cold weather doesn't have to mean the end of your exercise. Below are some tips for continuing an exercise program during the fall and winter months and some things to watch out for to help keep you safe.
Exercise outdoors. It might be cold, but that doesn't mean you have to huddle inside. The fresh air and natural light will help lift your spirits and give you more energy (and reduce the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder.) When going out into the cold, help stay comfortable by dressing in layers. This gives you the option to remove some of the layers if you get warm. You might even want to start out with warm clothes by placing them in the dryer a few minutes. Feeling warm and toasty when you first go outside can help you stay warmer (or at least feel warmer.) If yo...
Seasonal allergy sufferers are still enjoying the absence of outdoor allergy triggers as the days of winter come and go. If you are fortunate enough to have avoided severe colds, sinus infection and flu symptoms up to now, the outlook is good. On the other hand, those who are sensitive to indoor allergy triggers have not experienced as much of a decrease in allergy symptoms .
Furthermore, people with chronic skin conditions such as eczema or xerosis (dry skin) often have more problems during the winter months.
Atopic dermatitis is an allergic form of eczema that may be worsened by dry skin. You can learn more about allergic and non-allergic eczema by clicking here: Eczema .
Xerosis is a condition that involves excessively dry skin and may occur in allergic or non-allergic settings. People of all ages, both genders and many ethnic groups suffer from this problem.
What are the signs and symptoms of xerosis?
The skin appears dull, rough and scaly. Sometimes t...
Finally summer, warmer weather and longer days are here. It’s nice to have cough, cold and flu seasons (winter and early spring) behind us, but one group of infectious viruses actually thrive during the summer to early fall months. Yes, the dreaded summer cold is waiting to spoil a week and a half of summer for 10-15 million Americans this year.
Summer colds tend to be more intense than common colds of winter. The symptoms can also linger for several days sometimes making you think you have hay fever, but you don’t .
What’s the difference between a Summer Cold and Common Cold?
Summer colds are often caused by a family of viruses called enteroviruses. These are small infectious particles that unlike common cold viruses (rhinovirus, coronavirus and picornavirus) have a preference for warmer weather . Runny nose, nasal congestion and postnasal drainage are complaints associated with both summer and winter colds. But enteroviruses may cause more complicated ...
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