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8 Ways to Enjoy a Seemingly Endless Winter

8 Ways to Enjoy a Seemingly Endless Winter

“Winter is coming” is not just something you hear on Game of Thrones; for those living in the Northern Hemisphere the mood of doom and gloom associated with winter is reality. Cheer up—winter comes and goes, and with a bit of creativity you can brighten up its dreariness. Here are some ideas to have fun with:

1. Drink In the Warmth

Why does winter send chills down your spine? Most likely, it’s raw winds, blizzards, or sleet outdoors, and dry air, sneezing, and coughing indoors—a recipe for a headache, sore throat, and a sick leave. To keep them at bay, keep a vacuum flask with hot herbal tea at home to drink immediately after coming in from the cold. The assortment of drinks to fight off chills is vast; check out some of the recipes!

2. No to Winter Blues, Yes to Activity

The key to a full life is not letting yourself succumb to the blues. The ways to do it are innumerable. Stop browsing Instagram—instead of envying friends’ pictures from a skating rink, a concert, or a hot-chocolate-and-pajamas party, do something like that yourself. Join your friends, or go and meet new people; and presto, there you have some warm winter memories!

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Enjoy the little things, like your cat purring by your side in the morning, birds chirping outside in a spell of sunshine, streetlights flickering in fancy patterns on a frost-stained window; even a bowl of good old-fashioned soup instead of a microwave-defrosted pizza can make your day.

3. A Christmas Bargain on Cars

Planning to buy a car? Here’s some good news: according to the latest market statistics, there’s been a noticeable decline in prices on pre-owned convertibles, as quite many people are willing to sell before Christmas in order to get money for celebrations. Ironically, buying a convertible in December is rather practical—modern ones, made since 1996, have foldable metal hardtops and other improvements making them fit for winter. Moreover, classic convertibles are eligible for insurance with handsome policy benefits. Don’t miss out on the opportunity.

4. Après-Ski—A Social Touch to a Sporting Holiday

Skiing is a habitual holiday pastime for thousands of families, as well as student or corporate groups. However, skiing per se gets rather boring after a while, and tourists start seeking entertainment opportunities as well. If you are not keen on rushing down pistes, make sure to pick out resorts with après-ski options. Dusk-till-dawn parties at bars, chic restaurants, shopping, casinos, concerts—après-ski encompasses all these and more.

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As for mountain sports, skiing and snowboarding are not the only two out there. If you’re on the lookout for fresh experiences, try some fusion winter sports, like ski biking, ice surfing, speed flying over snowy slopes—many resorts will provide you with all that is necessary.

5. Indulge in Sweet Memories

If pre-holiday stress is getting at you, a sure way to relieve it is relishing something sweet—no, not sweetmeats, but memories. Remember Christmases of your childhood and how delighted you were even with the simplest things. It doesn’t take a posh Christmas party to make you happy; just taking a walk down brightly-lit streets alongside decorated shop windows can fill you with festive spirit.

6. Save on Bills to Buy More Gifts

In case you favor more practical ways of enjoying yourself—like optimizing your expenses—there’s a wise way of reducing your heating bill: warm yourself instead of heating the entire house. If you have no small kids or temperature-sensitive pets, it’s no use heating the house day and night. You can make do with incandescent bulbs (they give off heat along with light), heated mattress pads, a heated keyboard pad, and an extra layer of clothing. In a month compare the bill with the previous one—the difference will surprise you.

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7. Start Spring Cleaning in Advance

Spring cleaning is a tradition of our ancestors: they heated their dwellings with wood and coal, so by spring the entire house was full of soot, ash, and dust. But we have no such problem, so maybe it is better not to waste beautiful spring days but do spring-cleaning in winter, when we are unwilling to go out anyway?

8. Go Where It Is Warm

If summer has left us, why not follow it? Take a trip to where it is warm and have an excellent time, forgetting for a while about snow and howling winds. Just make sure to prepare for it carefully: learn all about your destination, arrange your affairs to take care of themselves in your absence, find out how to stand up for your rights in case your flight is delayed or cancelled (for example, with the help of Flightright).

It is not our surroundings that make us happy, it is our attitude towards them. Stay positive, and you’ll have happy and joyous memories in spite of the winter gloom!

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Featured photo credit: Winter/@Doug88888 via flickr.com

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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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