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How to Set Your Thermostat When Working Out at Home

Is one of your new year’s resolutions “lose weight” or “get fit”?

We won’t judge. Those are 2 of the most popular resolutions for a reason. We all gain some weight and feel a bit sluggish after eating delicious Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.

But if you prefer working out at home, you need to set your thermostat at the right temperature or you’ll struggle throughout the workout.

Even worse—you may not finish.

Is one of your new year’s resolutions “lose weight” or “get fit”?

We won’t judge. Those are 2 of the most popular resolutions for a reason. We all gain some weight and feel a bit sluggish after eating delicious Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.

But if you prefer working out at home, you need to set your thermostat at the right temperature or you’ll struggle throughout the workout.

Even worse—you may not finish.

Why working out in the right temperature is so important

How you set your thermostat temperature strongly affects your workout performance.

Higher air temperature increases your core body temperature, which causes your body to cool down by sending more blood to your skin

According to Mayo Clinic, “This leaves less blood for your muscles, which in turn increases your heart rate.”

High humidity levels also negatively affects your workout.

Mayo Clinic continues, “If the humidity also is high, your body faces added stress because sweat doesn't readily evaporate from your skin. That pushes your body temperature even higher.

Best air temperature and humidity levels for working out at home

So how should you set your thermostat for working out? It depends on the type of workout, According to the International Fitness Association (IFA).

For aerobics, cardio, weight training and pilates, they suggest setting the temperature to 65 to 68 degrees.

For yoga, turn it up higher to about 80 degrees.

Pool areas should be in the 70 to 80 range.

(Related article: Solar Pool Heater vs. Electric Heat Pump: Which is Best in Florida?)

Humidity levels in your home should be between 40% to 60%.

How to automate air temperature and humidity in your home

Instead of constantly fiddling with the thermostat, buy a programmable thermostat which can automatically change the temperature for you.

Just program it to change to the temperature to “workout” temperatures during the days and times you workout. (You may want a 7-day model since this allows more customized scheduling.)

Learn more in our article, 3 Simple Steps to Finding the Perfect Programmable Thermostat.

Now, what about humidity? Well, Florida’s humidity is so high year round. So you’ll need a dehumidifier to keep your home at or below 60% relative humidity.

(Related article: Whole-Home vs. Portable Dehumidifiers: Which is Better for Southwest Florida Homes?)

Need help looking for a programmable thermostat or dehumidifier? Ask our experts for help. We’re your home comfort experts.

Cool Today provides award-winning air conditioning service to Sarasota, Florida and the surrounding areas like Bradenton, Tampa and Port Charlotte. If you have any questions, talk to one of our experts for help.