Here’s the thing about Canadian winters: unless you embrace it it’s going to be a very long, depressing few months. Yes, I know it’s cold out there, I know you spend the few hours of daylight cooped up inside at your desk, and I know it’s easy to feel sluggish and stay put on your couch watching a movie marathon – or in my case, Homeland seasons one and two! But the truth is, winter is here to stay and we might as well make the most of it. To help, I’m sharing a few tips sure to keep your mood high and your heart healthy.
ONE // Go for a Walk
It’s the easiest thing to do and it costs nothing. Try walking to work if you can, taking a longer route to your bus stop, take a walk over lunch, or park your car a few streets away from your destination. The fresh air will do you good, and just fifteen minutes of sunshine can boost your vitamin D levels, making you instantly happier and subsequently healthier.
TWO // Play a part in your Community
Most cities offer loads of winter activities, from snow sculpture competitions to outdoor obstacle courses. These festivals often need a helping hand and volunteering is a great way to get outside. You’ll gain more then just sunlight time, you’ll meet new people and feel good knowing you’re helping out. Too busy to volunteer? That’s fine too, but be sure to explore what your city has to offer, and don’t forget to bring your family along too.
THREE // Winter Sports
It’s a no-brainer and there’s a reason it tops every winter activity list, nothing beats staying fit while enjoying the great outdoors! We’re lucky to live in a country with ample room to be active, and most of us have it right at our doorstep. Try a few hours of snowshoeing, an afternoon of skiing, skating, sledding or cross-country skiing. It’s never too late to learn a new sport, and if all else fails go for a hike instead, and take your pooch along – they too can suffer from winter blues!
FOUR // Shovel Snow
I know this one’s a pain, but try not to outsource shoveling snow and count it toward your fitness time instead. An hour of shoveling is said to burn 280 calories… not bad! If you’re feeling extra nice, pay it forward and clear your neighbor’s driveway.
FIVE // Book an Impromptu Holiday
If funds permit it, book a holiday in a sun-filled location to break up the winter. There are lots of cheaper options for a last minute trip down South. Even an extended weekend can do wonders to your mood – a 4-day trip to Mexico can run as low as $400, flight and hotel included. Read more…