Thursday, January 26, 2012

Turn Down That Thermostat

I guess there is one advantage to living in a drafty old New England farm-house, turns out I could be burning more fat.

I've written before about how I think air conditioning makes you fat, but it was interesting to read how allowing ourselves to get cold also triggers additional fat loss (but only if you don't eat more).

This got me thinking about our modern standards of room temperature control.    I have never understood why the same people who run their air conditioning so high in the summer that you have to wear a sweater indoors, then run their heat so high in the Winter that you sweat if you wear a sweater.

I also don't understand people who essentially shut their houses off to the fresh air twelve months a year.

Besides the damage that this does to the environment, it also doesn't really seem to be good for us weight-wise.   Yeah, we're cooler in the summer, but maybe it's good to get good and hot every now and then and get a good sweat going on.

Same thing in Winter.  It's nice to be warm, but going outside and getting good and cold may help us to burn off a little extra fat.

It may be that exposing ourselves to temperature extremes revs our metabolisms in ways we don't fully understand yet, and when we shield ourselves from ever being too hot or too cold, we somehow interfere with how nature intended our bodies to operate.  

So, lower that thermostat in the Winter, and jack it up a bit in the Summer.   Better yet, turn off both your heating and cooling more often and just open the windows.    You'll get some fresh air, and do the environment good.

10 comments:

  1. Tell me about, my wife thinks the AC needs to be at 73 in the summer when 75-77 is all you need. But, when the weather is nice our windows are open because we don't want to waste the nice weather but it's Florida so that happens a lot less than we wish it would.

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  2. I know! It kills me when people keep their heater so high and you sit there sweating. I have mine on 64 or less during the winter and yes, we all have to wear sweats and long sleeves, but shouldn't you anyway? It is cold! However, no fresh air where I live, so I don't open the windows. The cool of winter makes for better snuggling anyway!

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  3. Jennifer, I agree, it's Winter, bundle up!!! I don't get these people who wear thin, silk blouses to your home in January, and then expect you to jack up the heat because they're cold!!! It's Winter, get out those heavy Norwegian sweaters!

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