It's eleven degrees outside right now, but a toasty 68 inside. During the daytime we keep the thermostat at 68, (though I know many of you go much lower!) and nighttime we plunge down to a frosty 60. Some days if I'm sitting in front of the computer for long stretches, I wear a hat, fingerless gloves, wrist warmers and many layers. I don't love bundling up indoors, so when I've had enough I get my body moving. School's been closed the past two days, so the kids and I have been inside trying to keep busy and warm. Here are a few ways I've found to warm-up indoors without bumping up the thermostat:
Vacuuming: Even though we're a no-shoes-inside household, I could probably vacuum every day. (The hair on the bathroom floor seems to constantly regenerate itself.) But, I don't. However, that is one household chore I don't mind doing that really gets me moving, warms me up and provides instant gratification.
Baking: Warm oven, anyone? There is motivation in baking: it's busywork without being mentally tasking, your kitchen gets toasty from the oven, and then you get to indulge in the end product.
Playing Wig Out: Do you know the Wig Out card game? It's a super fast-paced matching game -- the typical game lasts about one minute -- and it's a hoot. The kids and I might only play for 5-10 minutes, but it's just enough to get our heart-rates up.
Wii Sports: While we keep our screen-watching to a bare minimum, short, competitive games like the ones on Wii Sports Resort and the like (versus the long, drawn-out adventure games) get us off our bums and bouncing around with remote in hand, cheering and jeering.
Go outside and play for 30 minutes: Because it feels so good coming back in.
Where's your thermostat set these days, and how do you warm up without pushing it higher?