Keeping your extremeties warm

by Tim"Nomad"Piper
(Louisville,KY. &THE ROAD)

When sitting or laying motionless for long time the blood pressure seems to drop. When it is cold out and your core body temperature begins to drop your body will slow blood flow to your extremeties. It does this to protect the major organs and the brain.

When your toes get cold you can tighten up your calf muscles and flex your feet and toes. These movements cause the blood that has pooled in your lower legs to be pumped to your core. It return warm blood from your bodies core will replace it and help warm those areas. I also take off my boots in the deer stand and replace them with felt boot liners and HOT HANDS heat packs. The looser fitting boot liners also allow for better circulation to the feet.





You should also replace damp/wet socks with dry ones while sitting or traveling.

As for your hands you can tuck them into your groin area or under your armpits. These are very warm ares on the body. You can also hang your arms down at your sides and slightly swing them forwards and backwards.

Mittens are warmer than gloves as they let the fingers share heat. You can also put the HOT HANDS in your mittens or gloves.

Most importantly remember that 70% of your body heat is lost through your head. If your cold put a hat or hats on.


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new info
by: margret

Wow 70% of the heat is lost through head that is new information. Thank you for sharing this fantastic article. Actually I usually do not wear hats while travelling in a cold condition. I think that is why I am getting fever quickly right.

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Heat Loss
by: Rayzor from the Great White North

There is some debate as to the percentage of heat loss through the head. Some say it can be as high as 85%. This is made worse if the is any 'wind chill' factor to consider, (wind chill is the accelerated rate of heat loss caused when air moves over a heated surface, like blowing on a hot cup of coffee).
If in a cold environment, keeping your head covered or at the very least out of the wind. It could make the difference between as bad situation and a fatal one. Even the hood on a thin nylon wind breaker jacket can slow the wind enough to save the ears from frost bite.

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heat loss
by: Shaykh Idris

Reading the link; 40/45 pc is quoted. Whatever the so-called scientific data, experience tells us that a hat shades the head, a hat keeps it warm. Warm is better than dead. Won't find me without one, even if it is carried in a bag or pocket, rather than worn.

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heat loss
by: Nomad

That is an excellant article thanks for sharing the knowledge, it clears up a misconception of mine.

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heat loss myth
by: Anonymous

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2008/dec/17/medicalresearch-humanbehaviour

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HEAT LOSS
by: nomad

Yes it is true that most of the heat lost is through the head. I bought a nice military hood and neck gaiter. These things work great and since they are synthetic should also insulate if thier wet. I bought mine at either www.uscav.com or www.goldnuggetsurplus.com .

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lost through the head
by: Lee

Great post!!

However, I have one question: Is it really true that 70% of the body's heat is lost through the head ?


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