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Denver, Colorado is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the U.S. From incredible scenery of the red-brownish sandstone mountains to an overall high quality of life, there is so much to love about Denver. If you’re thinking about purchasing a piece of Denver real estate and making the move, adjusting to the high altitude subtropical steppe climate may be a challenge at first. Being that the city is at a high altitude (1 Mile High City, 1609.34 m), many people including me find it difficult to get used to the sudden change. If you’re planning a move to Denver, here are a few tips to help you adjust to the climate in Denver with ease.

  1. Stay Hydrated
  2. Adjust Your Exercise Routine
  3. Wear Layers
  4. Be Patient


Stay Hydrated

Being at this high altitude means you will need to stay more hydrated than normal. So be sure to start drinking plenty of water. The low relative humidity in Denver means the air is drier than in mid-latitudes. Therefore, it is super important to stay hydrated throughout the day. Not only will drinking water prevent you from feeling woozy, but you will notice your skin feels more hydrated and refreshed. Before heading out for the day, be sure to fill up your water bottle to feel and look your best all day.

diagram illustrating the annual course of Denver temperature and precipitation
Annual courses of monthly mean temperatures, monthly means of daily minimum and maximum temperature , and monthly average precipitation in Denver, Colorado. The mean is calculated over 30 years.



Adjust Your Exercise Routine

Due to the high altitude, exercising in Denver can feel more intense. You may notice that you feel more exhausted doing your regular workout routine. To prevent burnout, consider adjusting your exercise routine and cutting it down to make it less intense. If you normally work out for an hour, try cutting it back to thirty minutes and see how you feel. It may also be a good idea to try lower impact exercises than you did before your move, to prevent overexerting yourself. Yoga, swimming, and walking are all great exercises that shouldn’t put too much stress on your body. Thus, consider giving them a try. Whenever I am in the area, I walk a lot.


Wear Layers

The weather in Denver can change fast, especially, in spring and fall. There may be sunshine one day perfect to sit outside, and you wake up the next day to a load of snow; a Chinook can melt it within a short time. Such fast weather changes may be confusing, especially, if you are new in town and aren’t used to them yet. While it can be very hot during the day, temperatures often quickly drop at night, meaning you will need to layer up before leaving the house in the morning. Depending on the time of year, think of what layers of clothing make the most sense to wear, and dress accordingly. For example, layering a hoodie over a t-shirt can be a smart move during the summer, as you will be able to remove the hoodie if it gets hot and bundle up when it gets chilly. Always keep in mind that your outfit still looks stylish when you take off or add a layer. Read more on stylish layering in this guide.


Be Patient

Adjusting to a new climate zone is all trial and error. After your move your body and thermal comfort are still adapted to your old environment. It always takes a while to adjust to a new climate zone. This being said, don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t get the hang of it right away. By using the above tips, you’ll feel like a true Denverite in no time.

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Data: NOAA

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