While shivering uncontrollably to burn off excess calories is more than a bit silly, keeping the thermostat at a comfortable – but cool – setting in the cooler months of the year, might help with each of these typical and worthy goals:
- your overall health
- economy: home energy costs
- ecology: helping the environment
- … and yes, even a little help with maintaining a healthy weight!
Here is an article that explores this idea in greater detail. Common sense would suggest that this idea might complement – but not replace – a well-customized … and well-practiced exercise regimen.
No one sane would advocate hypothermia or puts one’s health at risk, but there may be opportunities to help yourself in all the categories above by just nudging the thermostat down a few degrees, particularly if it is set higher than is needed for optimum health. For example, if your winter-season thermostat daytime setting is usually set to 72° F, try 70; if set to 70, try 68. At night, try setting a few degrees cooler, like 65 or perhaps cooler if you find that you still sleep soundly and comfortably, since optimal sleep is often achieved at slightly cooler temperatures. Experiment by making gradual changes that work for everyone in the household and realize that there are plenty of variations that work for different people, and different parts of each home. Sometimes adjusting the airflow to specific rooms – including external air – on a room-by-room basis … and several times per year … can deliver performance that keeps everyone healthy and happy.
Obviously, this is just one of many factors that may contribute to optimal health, including maintaining a healthy weight, yet every little bit helps and every helpful habit can work toward a happier, more vibrant you!