There are few things that can chill you to the bone like a huge heating bill. So go ahead and lower your thermostat a few notches, layer on heavy clothing, and add more blankets to the bed. Then, make the most of that extra insulation by taking full advantage of your own body heat. It’s easy—you’ll see when you try out these red-hot ideas:
- Bundle up. Throw on a few layers of clothing. Putting on a second or third garment will insulate your body better than one outfit of heavy clothing will. The same goes for socks. Just make sure they fit loosely, so air can circulate.
- Get your blood flowing. Take a jog to the bathroom, do some jumping jacks while you’re watching TV, or walk up and down the steps while you’re reheating leftovers. When you move around, your blood will circulate faster, which naturally warms you up.
- Eat for heat. There’s nothing like a piping hot bowl of soup or a mug of hot chocolate to warm your insides. But spicy-hot food can warm you up too. Ingredients like hot mustard and red pepper give your body a sudden burst of heat that can last for an hour or more. So dig into some five-alarm chili—and you’ll be sizzling!
- Snuggle up. Grab a blanket and cuddle up with your favorite snuggle buddy. I guarantee that it’s the best way to warm you, body and soul.