Your home sweet home—the place where you hang your hat and rest your weary bones after a hard day of work is meant to fuel your health and happiness. However, unbeknownst to many, home can actually influence bad habits and encourage poor health if it encourages a sedentary lifestyle, poor food choices, and other unhealthy behaviors.
Here are nine ways to make sure your home isn’t a breeding ground for poor health:
1. Lower the Temperature
Did you know that setting your thermostat too high actually attributes to weight gain? So claims a study published in the Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism journal, which states if your heating remains in the comfortable 70s (or 21-degrees Celsius zone) its occupants are more likely to be obese because the body isn’t activating brow fat, which spurs metabolism and disburses the calories necessary to warm itself up. Now that’s reason to keep it cool and throw on a sweater if you need to.