Oh, the weather outside is frightful.
As we are approaching the official start of the winter solstice, we can all admit that this weather has us feeling a bit sluggish. As the cold settles in and the sun goes down before the days’ work has ended, it is hard not to wish the season away and dream of the warm summer breeze. Nonetheless, the winter weather is here and it is here to stay (or at least for the next 89 days), so we might as well embrace it with open (and bundled) arms. Here are a few ways, both indoors and outdoors, to stay active and actually enjoy this winter weather without breaking your bank or travelling too far from home.
But the fire is so delightful.
Purge the clutter! There is no better feeling than an organized, uncluttered and clean house. Take the next weekend to go through your closet – if you haven’t worn it in the last year, it’s time to say goodbye. Go through this same exercise in your kitchen – if you haven’t used that pot or serving dish since you hosted Thanksgiving in the 90s, adios, sayonara, buh-bye. Consider dropping off your clothing and appliance items at one of these local charities or the books that you’ve already read to your public library.
Bring date night to your living room! Light up the fire, grab a nice bottle of wine or a six-pack of your favourite local brew, and try cooking something outside of the box. This is a great time to try something new; explore new flavours. Keeping it local is a great opportunity to support your community and force yourself into trying new things.
And since we’ve no place to go…
From forest to table! Since we are already on the wagon for trying new flavors and dishes, we might as well learn how to hunt our own food while we’re at it. Whether it’s whitetail deer, duck or moose, there are a variety of guided or individual hunts throughout the area. This is a great way to get back in touch with nature and to remind ourselves of where our food actually comes from!
Bundle up and get out there! Yes, we get it, it’s cold – but that’s no reason to kick your fitness and health to the curb. The winter months are perfect for switching up your exercise routine by trying a variety of outdoor activities. Mark your calendar for December 16th – the Mt. Evergreen Hill is hosting Jack Rabbit Open House, where families can ski, enjoy an open bonfire and roast apples, all for free!
Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!
With the holidays coming up, there will be plenty of time to relax and soak up the laziness that comes along with the festive food and spirits. For now, get creative, stay organized, try something new and get your body moving – you may just find that winter isn’t so bad after all!