Warm feet matter! How the temperature of your feet can impact your athletic performance, mood, work, and sleep Posted on March 27, 2017 by , 0 comments
Your mom had every right to be worried about your cold feet. If your feet are cold, the rest of your body may be too. And if your body is cold, your concentration, athletic performance, mood and sleep can all suffer. Happy feet, particularly warm feet, can be the key to upping your game on multiple levels. Here’s how:
Sleep, relaxation and mood
When your body has proper thermoregulation (the distribution of heat throughout the body) you are more likely to be able to focus on the task at hand. That could be work, meditation, sports, and even sleep. When your body as well as your feet are warm and comfortable you can reach a state of relaxation or focus that helps to support hormones in your brain that regulate mood. So if you can’t sleep, try putting on a pair of socks. If you can’t focus on your work, consider keeping a warm pair of slippers under your desk—it may sound strange, but it could be the key to upping your productivity and mood at work.
Not only are cold feet uncomfortable and distracting, they can also become a little numb from the cold, which can impact your athletic performance. To make sure your feet are staying warm (and nimble) in the backcountry, ensure that your footwear is the proper fit and that you are using the right layering underneath. Cotton socks, for example, do almost nothing to keep and provide warmth and are notorious for getting and staying wet. Opt for wool or a wool blend performance sock that is designed to wick away sweat and moisture to help keep your feet warm and dry.
Other ways to keep your feet cozy in winter/early spring
As we mentioned before, you will want to make sure you have the right gear for winter sports and a great pair of slippers for home or work. Your work, workout, and house shoes should all be insulated and warm enough to keep your toes toasty no matter what you are doing. Going beyond that, you can do the following:
- Use thermal or wool felt liners to put in the bottom of any of your shoes for added warmth throughout the day. You can buy them pre-cut or make them yourself. To take the DIY route, remove the insoles from your shoes to use as a stencil on a piece of wool felt (available at most craft stores). Cut out the pattern and put the wool insole into your shoe in place of the original insole.
- Chemical insole warmers are a hot, one use option.
- If you are really cold, battery powered socks or insoles may be right for you. They can be a bit of an investment, but for people who are constantly dealing with cold feet they can be a lifesaver.
- Neoprene toe covers are a way to add a little extra warmth without adding bulk to your shoes.
Great overall health means getting the right diet, exercise, supplements, sleep, relaxation, and taking care of your body, including your feet. So take care of yourself and stay warm for just a little longer this winter—spring and warmer days are just around the corner.Do you find that cold feet affect your athletic or work performance? How have you dealt with it in the past? Tell us in the comments below!