As if getting hurt in an accident isn’t bad enough, to add insult to that injury, the cold winter weather makes everything even worse. Spending time outdoors, getting around with mobility issues and staying active are challenging enough when you have been injured but even more so when you have to factor in the cold weather. The key to managing some injuries, despite the cold weather, is to try and stay active, warm and healthy. Iacobelli Law Firm understands the struggles that many of our clients face during recovery.
Here are 5 Tips to Keep You Healthy this Winter:
- Winter is a good time to make sure that your home is clean, that furnace filters have been changed and that you get into the habit of wiping down surfaces to stop the spread of viruses. Most clients will be receiving homecare or attending medical appointments and viruses can spread to a lot of surfaces. Your immune system is already busy tending to your injuries helping you to heal so you want to do everything in your power to avoid getting sick.
- It’s vital that you maintain good circulation and muscle tone while you recover so you need to talk to your doctor or therapist about exercises that you can do indoors. If going to the gym isn’t in your future, one good option is to get to a mall and do some walking. The warm environment and low slip risk flooring makes it a good alternative to an outdoor walk, when the weather won’t cooperate. Swimming is also a good choice for many, as it is low impact and most communities in Ontario have indoor pools.
- Sticking primarily to vegetables and fruits that are dark green and orange is important in ensuring you continue to get healthy nutrients. Spinach, kale, squash, carrots and oranges are all great choices during the winter. If you are unable to cook, ask a family member or friend to drop off some prepared meals for you. It is also so important to stay hydrated. It’s easy to get dehydrated in the winter because the dry air makes us feel hydrated. Try to drink as much water as possible.
- If you need to venture outside, make sure to wear boots with good traction and non-skid soles. Use a cane or ski poles to make walking a little easier and remember to take off your boots as soon as you return indoors because often snow and ice attach to the soles and once melted, can lead to slippery conditions inside. Just remember to take your time when walking on icy pavement or getting around in the snow. You don’t want to slow your recovery by exacerbating your injuries.
- The most important tip to keep in mind during the colder months is to ask for help. If you need to clear your property of snow and ice, don't hesitate to ask a family member or neighbor, or hire a professional. If you do not feel comfortable driving, arrange a ride to run errands and to attend medical appointments. If you are unable to arrange this yourself, ask someone for assistance. Don't be afraid to reach out for help.
Winter can feel like one of our longest seasons in Ontario and our team hopes that you remain safe and healthy this winter. Stay warm!
Our team at Iacobelli Law Firm realizes how difficult it is to recover from an injury and you do not have to face the consequences alone. Our Team at Iacobelli Law Firm strives to make sure that you are set up with the appropriate care that you need while you recover from your injuries. We provide compassionate and competent legal counsel for the injured throughout Ontario and offer a FREE Consultation so please feel free to call us at 1-866-234-6093 or complete our online contact form here. We are honored to serve our clients and our community.
Andrew Iacobelli is an experienced personal injury lawyer who established Iacobelli Law Firm with offices located in Ontario, Canada as well as offices in Florida, U.S.A. Andrew restricts his practice to the representation of personal injury victims in claims involving serious injuries and wrongful death.