Ways to Warm Up When it’s Cold Out

There's nothing worse than hearing your alarm go off on a cold winter morning and realizing that you have to get out of your warm, snuggly bed and get ready for the day. Unless you're the type of person who will spend however much it takes on your heating bill to make your place feel like a tropical paradise, you might feel like you won't be properly warm until spring hits. But no matter where you live or how much time you spend outside freezing your bum off, there are still ways to thaw yourself out and feel like a warm-blooded human again. Next time you can't seem to get over the chills, try some of these tips to get warm quickly.

Layer up the right way
Wearing more clothes is an obvious solution, but there's actually a right way and a wrong way to dress in layers. For starters, make sure you're not just piling on a bunch of oversized sweaters and sweatpants. Snug clothes that fit tight against your body are better at trapping in your body heat, so make these your base layers. Make sure that your base layers are made out of moisture-wicking materials, especially if you're being active outside. That way, cold sweat can't get trapped against your skin. Finish up with a couple of insulating layers like a fleece pullover and wool sweater. If you're going outside in winter weather, a waterproof top layer is ideal.

Wear a hat
While it's not really true that you lose the majority of your body heat through your head, you can lose a significant percentage if it's left exposed. Any body parts that aren't covered up are likely to lose heat, so if you're bundled up, don't forget your head, hands and feet. Wearing a hat is an easy way to get more comfortable, even when you're inside.

Start cooking
Whether you feel like baking or trying out one of your favorite crock pot recipes, cooking is a simple way to warm up the air in your home. Plus, you'll feel a lot warmer once you have a nice warm meal in your belly. Go for something rich that feels like a comfort food for the most warming benefits.

Work out
Finding the motivation might be difficult, but exercise is a great way to warm yourself up and increase your body's circulation. Do your regular weekday workout or pull up a video to follow along to if you're feeling chilly. Even dancing around your house or doing some chores – like vacuuming – can get your blood moving. Once you're finished, throw on a thick sweater to trap in the body heat you just generated.

Fix your windows
First, make sure that no drafts are getting in through the cracks in your windowsills. That way, you won't feel cold air coming in and warm air won't have the chance to get out. Next, make sure your curtains are open in the morning and closed at night. Letting in sunshine can help heat up your home during the day, and closing the curtains at night helps keep that warm air inside. If you have thin window treatments, now is a good time to switch them out for thicker drapery that will be better at insulating your home.

Insulate the floors
Walking around on hardwood or tiled floors is downright uncomfortable when it's cold out. Your house might be losing heat through the floors if they're uninsulated. Install some carpeting if you can, or just throw some area rugs in the spaces you use the most. Putting a nice thick rug next to your bed is a great way to make sure you won't go into shock from the cold as soon as you wake up. Place another one in front of the toilet and shower to make your morning routine even warmer.

Drink something warm
From tea to coffee to hot chocolate, there are all kinds of warm beverages you can indulge in to increase your body heat and warm up your hands. Sip your warm drink of choice from a nice big mug while you're snuggled under a blanket to feel warmer in no time.

Do some laundry
At least, dry some laundry. After picking out your outfit for the day, pop those clothes in the dryer while you shower and get ready. When it's time to get dressed, you'll have warm, cozy layers to put on. The heat should last you until you head to your destination and can get comfortable.