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40 Fun Winter Activities You Can Try Now

40 Fun Winter Activities You Can Try Now

The air has turned cooler, but there are lots of ways to enjoy winter and these fun winter activities will keep you warm. Don’t let the season pass without doing at least a few of the things on this list.

Fun Winter Activities To Enjoy Outdoors

  1. Build a snow fort in your backyard. For a shortcut use your picnic table to get started.
  2. Go sledding. (Don’t forget to take a big carafe of hot chocolate with you!)
  3. Ice skate on a frozen pond. (Sure, it might be bumpy but the ambiance is worth it.)
  4. Go ice fishing.
  5. Go on a hut trip. (On a hut trip, you snowshoe or ski to a hut in the mountains and pack everything in and out on your back.)
  6. Make snow angels. (This is extra fun when you combine it with the next activity…)
  7. Sit outside in a hot tub on a crisp, clear, and cold night while the steam rises around you and the stars shimmer above.
  8. Join a local broomball league. (Often in the winter the outdoor skating rinks will host these leagues.)
  9. Bundle up and attend an outdoor sports game.
  10. Catch snowflakes on your tongue.
  11. Try winter camping.
  12. Have a snowball fight.
  13. Take a horse-drawn sleigh ride in the snow.
  14. Go snowmobiling.
  15. Have a snowman-building contest.
  16. Recreate some of the great Calvin and Hobbes Snowmen cartoons. (Which one is your favorite?)
  17. Snowshoe in your local state or national park.
  18. Take a snowboarding lesson.
  19. Visit a new-to-you ski resort and show off your skills.
  20. Roast marshmallows outside.
  21. Take a walk outside when there is a soft snowfall.

Fun Winter Activities To Try Indoors

  1. Make chili—a classic cold weather dish!
  2. Read a book by the fireplace.
  3. Knit a scarf or start learning how if you don’t already know how to knit.
  4. Enjoy a movie marathon with some wizard’s fire in the fireplace. Simply burn your leftover wrapping paper from Christmas for a special effect.
  5. Add some new hot toddy recipes to your mixology repertoire.
  6. Follow up some time out in the cold with hot tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich.
  7. Make Charles Dickens’s Punch. It takes a bit of time and work, but it’s very good and it’s become a winter classic at our house.
  8. Get out your fuzzy bunny slippers.
  9. Sit at the window with a hot drink and watch the snow fall.
  10. Get out your flannel sheets. (They’re so much fun to snuggle in on a cold winter’s night!)
  11. Have a pie making contest with your friends or family. (Extra tip: Donate the pies to a local shelter afterwards.)
  12. Teach your kids (or nieces and nephews) to cook.
  13. Host a craft-making party. Make jewelry, scrapbooks, or work on your knitting while catching up with friends.
  14. Do a cookie exchange. Winter is the perfect time to turn on the oven and do some baking. Combine baking with a cookie exchange with friends for more fun and variety.
  15. Try some new hot teas. (So many teas, so little time!)
  16. Have some friends over for game night. (This is the perfect time to try out the Dickens’s Punch.)
  17. Put together a jigsaw puzzle.
  18. Have a picnic in the living room. Turn the heat down and the fireplace on!
  19. Take a snow day and huddle under the covers. Watch some TV or enjoy a good book.

Be sure to avoid the winter blues by doing activities you love. Winter doesn’t have to keep you cooped up inside. Get out and enjoy the elements. All you need is some proper layers and you’ll barely feel the cold.

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What are your favorite fun winter activities? Share this article with your friends and pick a new activity to enjoy tonight.

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Last Updated on December 13, 2018

12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

Christmas is approaching fast, and lots of people not only tend to ruin their usual diets, but they also gain a few extra pounds. Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts at the Thanksgiving Day and ends with the New Year celebrations. Excessive eating is claimed to be the main cause for the additional weight gain, but it is also due to lack of physical activity and exercise.

A lot of individuals out there tend to set aside their fitness routines during the holidays since they believe that they do not have enough time to perform their workouts. And because they feel guilty after the holiday season, most of the gyms and fitness centers are packed with fresh members. Always bear in mind that you can still enjoy the holidays and stay fit at the same time. If you want to stay fit during the holiday season, especially during Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, here are some useful tips that might help you:

1. Eat Before Heading Out

First, it is best that you eat something before heading out to visits, trips or family dinners. By doing so, you will no longer be tempted to eat a lot or overindulge yourself since you have already eaten. Skipping on meals is not a good idea either, because you will only be forced to eat more later.

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2. Select The Treats

Make sure to select the treats that you eat in a wise manner. You should choose something that you can only enjoy during the holiday season and not something that is readily available all the time.

3. Avoid Skipping Meals

Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Even though it can be tempting to skip on certain meals, believing that it will make up for the treats you consumed in the previous day, don’t do it because it will only lead to counterproductive results.

4. Drink With Moderation

It is best to regulate your drinking since alcohol, coke or other juices will only add more calories to the ones you already eaten!

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5. Be Active

You should still perform your fitness routine whenever possible and if you can’t do that, simply walk more, park your car some distance away from the store or just use the stairs!

6. Get Out Of The House

Make the holidays a family affair and plan outdoor activities where everyone is involved. Even a snowball fight in the backyard will burn a lot of calories and will keep the children entertained.

7. Don’t Skip Your Strength Workouts

Always remember to perform your strength training in order to maintain that muscle mass you worked hard to get. You might be tempted to use lightweights and just do some cardio, but you can burn just as many calories by lifting weights. And with all of those extra stakes you had on the holiday meals, you might even gain some extra muscle. And this is much better than gaining some extra fat.

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8. Set Realistic Goals

You should set realistic exercise objectives. Aim for at least half an hour per day and you will be very happy when you will achieve that. If you plan one hour or more and not achieve it, you will only end up disappointed.

9. Enjoy Yourself

Also make sure to set realistic diet plans! Trying to restrain yourself totally from some foods will only make you eat more. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love, but in small portions.

10. Drink A Lot Of Water

This can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.

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11. Eat Less And More Often

Distribute your meals evenly throughout the day, and do not eat everything at once.  Instead of having 2 enormous meals, have 5 small ones.  Eat your dinner earlier and have a nice walk before going to bed.

12. Prioritize Your Workouts

Try to do them early in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping. This way you will also avoid remarks like “Oh, come on! It’s Christmas…”

So there you go! Twelve simple tips that will help you avoid gaining weight during the winter holidays, but will also allow you to enjoy yourself and have a great time with your loved ones.

Happy Holidays everyone!

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