What has the recent snowfall taught us about preparing our bodies?

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The snow of the past week has come, and at least in my part of London, it has definitely gone. Despite it being mentioned in numerous forecasts and newspaper articles in the days leading up to the weekend, and actually seeing the snowflakes drifting through the night, I must admit I was still somewhat surprised at seeing the snow the next morning. I was slightly less surprised at the fact that there were no trains at my station for a whole three days. But all in all, London seemed to be much more prepared than this time last year when an inch of snow put the whole city to a standstill.

 

Imagine your body as a city.

 

The success to every city is a good infrastructure. The same can be said of our bodies. Just like there are experts forecasting weather conditions and city planners and councils ensuring services are still up and running, your bodies detect changes in the environment and act accordingly. However, all the advice and expertise count for nothing if there is no preparation being put in place.

 

Listen to the forecasts of adverse weather conditions.

We all know flu season starts around September. This is why places advertise flu vaccinations around that time and not in June. Dehydration and sunstroke tend to be more common in during the heat wave when everyone’s out unprotected in the park. Pollen is a common sight during spring, so it’s wise to take precautions if you’re prone to hayfever. 

You know what’s best for your body, and all you have to do is pay attention to what it needs throughout the year.

 

Snow in May would count as a surprise, snow in winter is less shocking.

A good nutritional diet and proper exercise are two important factors to leading a healthy life. If you bombard your body with endless couch surfing and the umpteenth fried chicken, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that you will feel sluggish and deflated.

 

Make sure you have enough grit in stock.

The very first time it snowed and there wasn’t enough grit for the roads, everyone probably laughed good-humouredly as they went “Doh! Silly us”. That joke is less funny now.

The best motto you can have for your body is “prevention is better than cure”. If you take care of your body all year long, and not just when you have a cold or an illness, then the recovery time will be much faster not to mention the fact the impact of the illness could be considerably less. Very few people are lucky enough to never be sick (count yourself very lucky if you are) and as you age there will invariably be more aches and pains. However the affect of ill-health will be less dramatic when your body is at the best it can be.

 

Stay alert and drive safely.

The obvious choice is to avoid driving on icy roads at night, but if you have to it’s common knowledge that you should be prepared with blankets and a fully charged mobile phone, as well as be fully rested and alert.

Carry this logic into your day to day life. Be alert and avoid chaos in your mind. Try to avoid unnecessary stress (like driving on black ice) but if you have to, be as prepared as you can to deal with those adverse conditions.

 

What do you think? Were you ready for the winter? Let me know how you prepare yourself for changes. 

 

Other posts you may be interested in:

September is the time to do a body MOT

A New Year | Four things you should do this January

 

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