Living in Wellington New Zealand, Melbourne Australia and now Manchester UK, I have had my fair share of rugging up to keep warm.
Research has suggested that women are generally more sensitive to the cold than men because of the fat distribution in their bodies and their muscle mass. Our bodies are also generally at least 2 – 3 degrees cooler than a man’s body.
There are also 10 million people in the UK who suffer from Raynaud’s disease. A common condition where people suffer from cold hands and feet. Of those 10 million, 90% are women.
While I am developing a solution for women who suffer from cold hands through my company, MadeWithGlove, here are some of my top tips to keep you warm this winter!
Thermals and Layering
My favourite textile for warmth is the Merino wool. Coming from Australia and living in New Zealand exposed me to the Merino sheep and wool. The Merino wool is soft, breathable, warm, static resistant, odour resistant, stain resistant, machine washable, natural and on the fashion side, it is sleek and elegant, fashionable and can be worn all seasons. Merino wool can be worn as thermals but it can look so elegant and fashionable while also being warm that it seems a waste to hide it under all my layers.
Disposable hand warmers
My idea of the fashionable heated glove came out of my own challenges while in Prague when it was -21 degrees. I was so cold I couldn’t feel my hands or my feet while on my 6-hour walking tour. I had disposable hand warmers however, because I had my gloves on, I couldn’t feel the warmth from the hand warmers. In sheer desperation, I put the hand warmers inside my gloves and I felt immediate relief.
Disposable hand warmers can last up to 10 hours in a single use. They can be purchased online or at sporting stores. The iron powder when exposed to oxygen oxidises and produces heat. It is kept in a polypropylene bag which allows air to permeate while holding in the moisture.
These hand warmers saved my little hands from falling off when it was freezing cold in Prague.
Another way I keep warm is to, dare I say the obvious, exercise. Exercising keeps my muscles working and blood pumping to my heart. It also gives me a rush of endorphins which boosts my mood and helps keep me warm. Hot yoga, going for a brisk walk or a few pushups or boxing definitely gets my heart pumping!
It is difficult to exercise when it is cold, but once I get out there and start moving, it isn’t too bad!
Being so busy running a company and travelling for meetings makes it so hard to fit in exercise. But I always feel so good once I’ve done it.
Drinking hot tea
Since moving to the UK from Australia, I’ve swapped my love of coffee to now being a tea enthusiast since there is so much choice of tea in the UK.
The British drink 165 million cups of tea each day, being the 2nd country with the most tea drinkers per capita, with Ireland coming in first.
Tea not only keeps my core temperature warm but it also provides a tremendous amount of antioxidants, has at least 50% less caffeine than coffee and many varieties of teas also come caffeine free so I can drink it all day long without feeling as if I am bouncing off the walls.
Drinking tea is like adding a bit of relaxation to my busy life as a female entrepreneur and keeps my hands and body warm throughout the autumn, winter and spring seasons! I have just discovered an amazing tea by Quinteassential, a Chester based luxury tea company, that I drink to keep me warm. Bernadine Tay is the founder who I admire for her creativity and innovative ways on how to pair her tea with food and even cocktails! There’s nothing like a bit of Bernie’s G&Tea recipe.
I hope these tips will keep you warm while my wearable technology fashionable heated gloves are in product development. If you suffer from cold hands, I’d love your feedback and how you keep warm by completing my survey!
This blog was written by Michelle Hua, Founder & CEO of MadeWithGlove, a UK wearable tech company designing fashionable heated gloves for women. Michelle is also a STEM Ambassador, public speaker and writer covering topics on wearable tech and fashion, start-ups, women in technology and women in business. In 2014, Michelle led MadeWithGlove to being in the Top 150 Most Influential Brands in Wearable Tech and was a finalist and highly commended blogger at the UK Blog Awards 2016.
Follow Michelle on Twitter @MadeWithGlove.