I hope this doesnt sound stupid and I don't even know if I am posting in the right forum. Winteris coming up over here and I get really really cold hands and feet. It is put down to poor circulation but I just wanted to know if anyone out there had any good handwarming techniques? Other than the obvious gloves/under hot water ect...
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put your gloves or whatever in the dryer or in the microwave for a few seconds to warm them up. There's also these bean things you can put in the microwave to keep you warm. I dunno where to buy them, I guess like a "Bed, Bath, & Beyond" type place that has home decorating stuff. My step-aunt had one when I was like 9. But yeah, I get cold too, esp my pinkies!
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Those bean-type-things can be made by stitching up a simple pillow of cotton cloth, and stuffing it with non-instant rice. Microwave for 30 seconds or so.
Personally, I wear mini gloves with the finger tips cut off, and lotion underneath (my hands dry out so badly in the winter they crack and bleed) around the house. It looks sort of Boy George-inspired, but works pretty well
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I know there are these things you can get at camping stores, im not sure what they are called, but they fit in your pockets and you break them in half(having the same effect as when you break a glow stick) and they stay warm for a while.
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Do you have poor enough circulation that your fingers "turn off"? My father's do that, and I think I've probably inherited his hands. If yours are like that, don't wear gloves - wear mittens! Having all your fingers together sort of transfers the warmth among them all and helps keep them warmer than gloves.
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fireflystare, you're thinking of a chemical heatpack. You can find them in sporting goods, camping supply and military surplus stores. They don't "break" per se. Actually, it's a liquid with a tiny metal disc in it. you bend the disk and it sets off a chemical reaction where the liquid suddely hardens and start emitting heat. These things can get *really* hot, so wrap them in cloth instead of holding it in your bare hands. The heat packs are reusable; you just wait for it to cool off, then soak it in boiling water.
As for maintaining good circulation, keep your fingers and toes moving. this helps your veins push blood back to your heart. when it gets cold, circulation decreses because your blood vessels start to constrict, but keeping things moving does help.
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Oddly enough keeping well hydrated is important when it comes to staying warm. I've how it works but I read it in a ski mag and have found it to be pretty accurate; there's a noticable difference when I'm not drinking as much water as I should.
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It might sound stupid, but wearing a hat will keep you from having cold hands and feet.
Most of your body heat is lost through the head. And whenever your body is getting cold, it reduces the blood circulation to "superfluous" organs like hands and feet in order to keep its heat for essential stuff (i.e. your brain).
I guess that's why people used to wear night caps back in the days when houses were less than perfectly heated.
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