It’s amazing how many old wives tales about winter wellness our mothers imparted upon as children have been passed down through generations and accepted as gospel.
Now that winter is here, we’re blowing the lid on the myths and separating the fact from fiction.
Myth 1: It’s not advisable to exercise when it’s cold
Sounds like a great excuse to snuggle up on the sofa and binge-watch House of Cards, but this myth was probably invented by a wannabe couch potato. With Rebel’s diverse range of active wear and breathable compression clothing, as long as you warm up with stretches indoors and allow your body time to adjust to the outdoor temperature before you start pounding the pavements, you’ll be just fine.
Myth 2: You can’t get sick from going out in the cold
It seems mum’s advice telling you to rug up warm wasn’t far off the mark after all. In recent times this guidance was debunked by scientist who believed colds and flu were more likely to be passed out through close proximity indoors. Now new studies published by the National Academy of Sciences have revealed rhinovirus, the bacteria responsible for the common cold virus, reproduces more effectively in the cold. Your immune system is slower to respond when your body temperature is lower. So don’t forget to grab a warm jacket before you head outdoors and make sure to wear thermals when exercising.
Myth 3: You only need to apply sunscreen during summer
Even though there’s no sunshine on a cloudy day, harmful UVA and UVB can still cause skin damage. It sounds a little strange saying don’t forget to slap on sunscreen when outdoors during winter, but in the temperate Australian climate, you need to be sun smart all year around
Myth 4: Drinking alcohol will warm the cockles of your heart
A hot toddy or bed-time nip of brandy might make you feel warmer, but in actual fact your body temperature drops after drinking and prevents your body’s ability to shiver. Instead opt for a hot cup of herbal tea or lemon with honey.
Myth 5: Chicken soup helps cure colds and flu
You may feel a little better after sipping a hot mug of chicken soup, but nutritionists have suggested it may have more to do with the heat from the soup breaking up congestion, rather than the flavour itself. It’s advisable to avoid soups with dairy as milk and cheese can increase mucus production.
Myth 6: If you slip on ice or take a tumble on the snowy slopes – go limp
Ever wondered why it is drunk people can fall down a flight of stairs and get up like nothing’s happened? It’s the alcohol camouflaging the pain, not the fact that every muscle in their body is relaxed. Going floppy like a rag doll will increase your chances of injury. The latest advice from orthopaedic surgeons is to brace yourself – protect your head and don’t lock your knees.