Making some changes
You may have noticed that the layout of Living Healthy in the Real World has undergone a makeover! I have finally found a blog template that I really like. I met with my graphic designer earlier this week and we made some fun changes to my entire website. Check out the main Living in the Real World page, from which you can access this health blog, my Twitter profile, Facebook Fan Page, Living Rhetorically in the Real World blog, Health Writer Eats food blog, Living Well health column, as well as my freelancing page which is currently under construction (yes, I am available for freelance editing and writing. Please contact me at sagan.morrow[at]gmail[dot]com if you are interested!) Take a look around and let me know what you think. You can even support my healthy lifestyle by clicking on the Donate button in the sidebar 😀
My home is hot. Hot enough that I’m sweating before I even leave the house in the morning. Hot enough that when I get home from work at the end of the day, I have to stand in front of the fan to cool off.
But that’s okay – I will take heat over cold any day (summer, I *heart* you). And it’s also my own choice. I have an air conditioner in my storage closet in the basement of my condo building that was leftover from the previous owners of my condo, but I’m leaving it down there. Instead I have two fans that are turned on 24/7 to cool down the place with air circulation.
There are many benefits of using simple fans in place of air conditioners. They use much less electricity, are environmentally-friendly as well as being inexpensive, and they don’t “dry out” your home the way that an air conditioner does. Keeping the windows open, as well, to let in the breeze, is a nice way to get fresh air moving into your home and to maintain a connection to the great outdoors (even if it is polluted city air coming through your window ;)). Air conditioners also contribute to climate change, which means that they actually increase temperatures and cause us to want to crank up the air conditioning even more!
When going on road trips (such as to Riding Mountain for hiking trips), we’re moving too fast on the highway to be able to comfortably sit in the car with the windows rolled down. In these situations, I usually do like to have the air conditioner on. But we should make the effort as much as possible to reduce the frequency of our air conditioner use and to instead use more natural ways to keep cool.
Living healthy isn’t necessarily about eliminating unhealthy things completely from our lives. It’s about decreasing the unhealthy things that we do and increasing the healthy aspects. If you are looking to stay cool in the hot summer weather, there are other ways to do it than to crank up the air conditioning. Drink plenty of water, take cooler showers, and keep those fans running to better your physical health as well as your financial health and the environment’s health.
How do you live healthy while staying comfortable?