During winter, our bodies keep blood flowing to our core and vital organs, which may cause our hands and feet to get cold. How can we keep them warm?

Cold weather

Depending on where you live and what you do for a living, you will be exposed to cold weather.

Prolonged exposure to cold weather increases the risk of frostbite, which leads to permanent damage to our hands and feet.

Women’s hands and feet cool faster, increasing their risk of cold-related injuries.

Woman traveling to Iceland

Staying warm

Here are some tips for staying warm during the winter:

Wear the right clothes

  • Wear a hat, gloves, warm socks, and a warm coat
  • Wear layers
  • Don’t wear tight clothing
  • Use a scarf or turtleneck
  • Wear socks, slippers, and a sweater if you’re cold inside

Exercise

  • Exercise daily to improve blood circulation
  • Do a quick warm-up
  • Try jumping jacks
  • March in place while sitting
  • Wiggle your toes and make circles with your feet
  • If your fingers are stiff, make circles in the air with each finger
  • Make wide circles in the air with your arms to promote blood flow
  • Move around regularly
  • Stretch or walk around every half-hour

Drinking warm tea from vacuum bottle

Heating tools

  • Use an electric heating pad
  • Electric heating pads come in different sizes and shapes for different areas of the body
  • To heat your feet, use a heating pad on your lower back
  • Use a heating pad in key locations like your lower back and feet when relaxing at night
  • Heating pads can help your blood vessels open up and allow blood flow to the legs
  • Hold something warm like a warm drink
  • Quick massages help
  • Keep warmers in reach

Other tips

  • Wear mittens instead of gloves
  • Use heat with moisture (moist heat packs)
  • Try paraffin wax on the hands and feet
  • Stay away from the frozen food section in stores
  • Look into biofeedback therapy