The weather on the west coast is much warmer than other parts of the country, which comes with advantages as well as disadvantages.
The warm weather affects people’s mindsets, lifestyles and their attitude. Many people enjoy the warmer weather as it allows them to be more active and to be outdoors more often. The warmth also puts people in a better mood as there is typically more sunshine during the day. The people who are more active are generally healthier and tend to have higher levels of self esteem.
The heat changes the way people eat, exercise, and the clothing that they wear. The warm weather generally leads to a smaller appetite and typically when it is hot people do not want to eat heavy foods. Most west coast dwellers tend to eat leaner meats, more fresh vegetables, and fruit. Grilling is also very common on the west coast as it is a healthier way to cook compared to frying. When the weather is warm, people want to be outside and they go to the park to play or go for walk rather than watching television. The exercise level is higher because the weather is more pleasant on the west coast.
While the heat has many advantages, it also has its disadvantages. During the middle of the summer when it is blazing hot outside, houses and cars heat up and can lead to discomfort and dehydration. Air conditioning bills can become very pricey in the summer and a great way to keep a house cool is to install blinds. Blinds will block out the sunlight which heats up the room and will prevent furniture from fading. Installing new blinds does not have to be expensive either, many blind companies offer deals, for example, Next Day Blinds has coupon deals which can be accessed online.
A great way to keep a car cool is to buy windshield shades and to put them up when leaving the car in the sun. Also it is a good idea to carry around a refillable water bottle, like a Camelbak, so as not to get dehydrated during the day.
The west coast is a beautiful place to live and has many advantages. Although it does have some disadvantages they are not difficult to adapt to.
written by Alli Hudson, a health blogger and nutritionist whose work has appeared on numerous health and lifestyle blogs, magazines, and sites like www.dazadi.com