When people think of winter often what come to mind are holidays, snow, and maybe some hot chocolate to keep cozy. However we have to keep in mind that winter brings harsher conditions for your skin and health. Here are a few tips for keeping fit and healthy throughout the winter months, keeping you on track with your diabetes and regular health care!
Take Care of Your Feet
Snow and ice make for cold conditions for your feet, so make sure to wear good warm (and breathable!) socks with appropriate winter shoes. Be sure that once you get back inside you always remove all wet items and let your feet be dry. It is also good to use hydrating foot creams, but make sure not to rub cream between your toes as this area is less breathable and has a harder time remaining dry. Finally, when testing the temperature of your shower or bath water, always be sure to use a thermometer or your elbow. Nerve damage caused by diabetes can make your feet less sensitive and makes it easier for you to accidentally get burned by water that is too hot.
This is usually the hardest routine for anyone to keep up with during winter! It always seems more appealing to curl up in a sweater and some blankets and watch a movie, but the best think you can do during winter is maintain activity. Staying fit helps keep blood sugar under control and is your first defense against the winter blues. For the best ways to stay motivated consider joining a class at your local gym or do some stretching or other exercise at home!
Stick to the Healthy Diet
Holiday season can present a struggle to make healthful choices when eating. But remember that eating well doesn’t mean sticking to salads, there are plenty of delicious and healthy foods that are warm and perfect for that winter comfort. Click here for some of our favorite recipes or search the web if you are in need of some food inspiration. Also drink lots of water and stay hydrated! Winter air is very dry and keeping your body hydrated helps with your skin and body as a whole.
Keep Hands Protected
Keeping your hands moisturized and protected from the winter elements will make doing blood tests much easier. Wear gloves when outside and use fragrance free lotions (fragrances can affect your readings.) Finally, don’t use an alcohol swab to clean your finger before pricking as this will dry out your skin. Instead, opt to wash and dry hands for your blood tests.
Avoid Getting Sick (If Possible!)
This last one is definitely easier said than done! Winter and cold weather is the time of year people most often get sick, and this can cause undue stress on your body, making it harder to maintain proper levels. Do your best to continue eating healthy, reduce stress, and get plenty of rest. Also try to wash your hands as much as possible, and consider drinking hot tea with lemon throughout the cold months. Often illnesses can cause blood sugar levels to raise, so if you do get sick consult with your doctor on the best plan to manage both your symptoms and your diabetes.