It’s freezing outside. In the run-up to Christmas, this never seems too bad. We enjoy wandering around the decorated streets, shopping, enjoying the beautiful festive lights and sipping on our favourite hot Christmas drinks. We go home, turn our own Christmas lights out, snuggle up in front of the TV with chocolates and a glass of Bailey’s. The cold weather is part of Christmas. It wouldn’t be the same without it.
Then, as we head into January, it loses its appeal somewhat. It’s no longer magical and festive. It’s just cold. If you are trying to lose weight after Christmas, you no longer want to be indulging on hot chocolates, treats and comfort food, but you can’t face a salad when it’s minus two outside. January can be dull, grey and cold. Keeping your house warm without spending a small fortune can be difficult. Here’s a look at some great ways to keep yourself warm on those cold winter nights.
One of the best ways to warm up is to move. When you are walking outside, you are much warmer if you walk quickly and get your blood pumping. If you are cold sat at home in the evening, don’t sit. Turn on an exercise video and get moving. You could even do some step aerobics while you watch the TV. It’ll also help you shed some extra Christmas pounds.
There are many ways to insulate your home in preparation for the cold weather. If you haven’t already, you can install loft and cavity wall insulation. One area many people don’t consider is their flooring. But, almost as much heat leaves your home through the bottom as the top, and not having the right underlay in your bedrooms can be even worse. Read these floor underlay tips from Factory Direct Flooring for some advice.
If you’ve already done these, or are looking for cheaper ways to insulate your home, there are other options. Firstly, check the seals on your windows and doors. If these are damaged, they could be letting a lot of cold air in. Often you can feel a small jet of cold air just by running your hand around your window frame when it’s cold. You could also make some draft excluders for your doors, close and tuck in your curtains as soon as the sun goes down and seal any other draft causing holes you can find.
Use Fewer Rooms
If you are home at night, chances are you are in the living room or bedroom. Get all of the family together in one or two rooms and close all of your internal doors to keep the heat where you need it the most.
Get Hot Water Bottles
Hot water bottles very much went out of fashion with the advancement of central heating. But, they are great. Put one in your bed an hour before you get in to avoid that awful feeling of getting into a cold bed.
If you are going for a Winter detox or healthy eating plan, don’t worry, hot drinks don’t need to be unhealthy. Warm up with a hot Ribena or fruit tea when you first get in from the cold weather from outdoors.