6 Ways to Stay Healthy, Warm & Happy on Snow Days

0 Posted by - January 28, 2015 - WELLNESS

With the Northeast and my home state of Maine just getting surprised by 2 feet of snow, I have had snow on my mind.  Now living in Colorado, some of my very favorite days are snow days.  A big storm or a snowy Saturday practically forces you to stay home.  Staying healthy and active even when the weather has other plans is the best way to make the most out of a long winter.

Watch the Snow Fall. The lazy pace of a snow day is a great opportunity to relax and de-stress. Make a cup or tea, curl up with a good book, watch a movie or get organized and tackle a home project you have been putting off. A day away from work can be a blessing.

Get Outdoors.  Bundle up, get some fresh air and burn some calories outdoors by shoveling or going for a walk.  Don’t let the snow keep you indoors.

Act Like a Kid Again.  Remember how much fun it was to have a snowball fight, make snow angels, or build a snowman?  Grab some friends or join your own kids playing outdoors.  Treat yourself with a warm cup of hot cocoa to warm up once indoors.

Get Cooking. A cold winter afternoon is the perfect opportunity to try a new recipe.  Get baking and warm up the house with a yummy (& healthy) recipe. Leisurely make dinner, light some candles, and enjoy a hot meal.

Plan a Spring Break.  A week in warm weather has never felt better than after a long winter.  The famous Framingham Heart Study that looked at the risk factors for heart disease, found a positive correlation between more frequent vacations and longer healthier lives.  Even if you never take the trip, planning for a beach vacation, ski trip, yoga retreat or camping trip can be good for the soul.

Get a Good Night’s Sleep. Short winter days mean longer winter nights.   Turn out the lights, shut off any sources of blue light and get your 8 hours of restorative sleep.

 

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