lundi 21 janvier 2013

Two tips for cold weather

If like me you live in Cold Country (it's -31 C this morning), it's tempting to push the thermostat up in the house.  Try to resist.  It's healthier to keep the inside temperature at or around 21 C during the day and lower at night.  My bedroom temperature is around 15 C, but you might prefer 18 C.

Why keep a cooler house?  It's healthier.  Too warm also usually equals drier.  Flu and other bugs thrive in warm dry places.  And the warmer the temperature you get used to, the more uncomfortable you will be as soon as you step outside or walk into a house that's a little cooler.  Better wear a sweater.

You will also feel more comfortable at 21 C if you have the right degree of humidity in the house.  It's worth buying a hygrometer.  A humidity level of between 30 and 50% is good.  Close to 30% is recommended by Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation when the temperature outside is below -10 C.

Finally, go outside.  Even in -30 C temperature, dress well, with hat and mits and a scarf to protect your face, and go for a walk.  Get your body moving, at least once a day - even if you don't have to.  You will feel better, have more energy and you will feel more comfortable with the thermometer at a lower setting.

Marguerite Tennier, M.A.
Canada's Coach

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