In winter, the cold weather can slow down the rate at which blood is pumped around the body as arteries and blood vessels become constricted in response to the cold. Therefore it’s crucial to maintain good circulation, and the best way to do this is with daily exercise.

I understand when the weather is cold and miserable, the last thing anyone feels like is exercising! But it is the best way to get warm, stay healthy and be happy during winter.

Cold feet about exercise? Here is a good reason to get moving… When we sit for long periods, our circulation automatically slows down, and gravity takes over. Then due to the body’s position on the chair, blood struggles to travel from the feet back to the heart. The blood becomes almost stagnant around the lower limbs. Your poor feet start to freeze without the warmth of moving blood, sometimes they may even turn a little purple or blue in colour!

Exercising, even for just 9 minutes daily helps blood move nutrients throughout the body contributing to the feelings of well-being and warmer feet! If you fancy a walk at lunch time, it’s good to know that sunshine encourages healthy circulation and enhances the immune system too!

Another great tip to help blood circulation in winter is to drink plenty of water, keeping yourself hydrated will dilute the blood and improve its flow. But if you need motivation to drink water in winter, try opting for some warm water and infusing it with fresh fruit.

Don’t forget good circulation-boosting wholefood nutrition, like blackberries – they can promote new blood cell formation; they contain antioxidants which helps decrease high blood pressure to improve blood flow. Why not try stewing blackberries and apples to add to your porridge  – it will warm you up from head to toe!

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Live well with Health and WELLth!  

Written by Anna: Nutritionist and Exercise Coach