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10 Ways to Stay Active this Winter

When it is cold outside, it can be difficult to keep yourself active and healthy. After all, it is incredibly tempting to curl up in front of the fireplace with some hot chocolate or crawl back under the covers and go back to sleep. While either of those things is not inherently bad, they won’t help you stay active and fit during the winter months. Before you dismiss wintertime outdoor activities out of hand, remember that there really are some advantages to working out in the colder months, such as:

  • You do not have to deal with the heat and humidity of summer.
  • Cold weather can actually invigorate you.
  • You can work out longer in cold weather than in extremely hot or humid weather.
  • You can get your daily dose of Vitamin D from sunlight if the sun is not hidden behind clouds.
  • You can actually boost your immune system by spending even a few minutes a day outside.

Staying Active in the Winter is Easier Than You Think

Staying active in the winter may take a little bit of planning, but it is easier than you think. It’s also extremely important for your overall health and well-being and can even ward off seasonal depression. Consider the following ways to keep yourself active during the winter months:

  1. Try a New Sport – Give a winter sport a try—think cross-country skiing, snowboarding, or ice-skating.
  2. Go For a Walk – A brisk winter walk will burn calories and leave you invigorated for hours afterward.
  3. Play with Your Kids – If you have children, simply go outside and play with them. Make snow angels, go sledding, or go for a walk in the woods.
  4. Join a Gym – If going outside to exercise is simply more than you can handle, consider joining (and actually going to) a gym, or walking with winter-weather avoiders in a local mall.
  5. Exercise Indoors – If you are not going out your front door under any circumstances, think about a new, fun, workout video. A yoga routine or a fun dance routine will get you off the couch and moving.
  6. Clean Up – If you are stuck indoors, consider getting a jump on spring cleaning—it will give you more time to spend outdoors when spring arrives. Cleaning out kitchen cabinets and closets can give you a real sense of satisfaction while keeping you active.
  7. Volunteer – If you cannot think of a good reason to leave the house for yourself, think about doing some volunteer work that will help others. Volunteer at a soup kitchen, homeless shelter, or hospital.
  8. Take the Stairs – If you live in an apartment or condo building with stairs, walk up and down the stairs for a great high-intensity cardio and leg workout. Even if you live in a two-story home, you can make multiple trips up and down the staircase on a daily basis, improving your fitness level.
  9. Join a New Team – Think about joining a bowling league or other recreational team sport. It can be much easier to engage in a physical activity when it is also a social event.
  10. Dance Party – Dance off the winter-time blue by turning up the volume on your radio and dancing around your home while you are cooking dinner or doing other tasks that require “wait” time.

Staying Active Doesn’t Mean Breaking a Sweat

As you can see from some of the activities listed above, staying active in the winter doesn’t always mean breaking a sweat. Sometimes it just means getting outside and staying engaged. Volunteering with an organization is a great way to stay active even if you are battling an injury or are not physically able to exercise. Joining a new club or a team is also a great way to stay active. Plus, getting out of your house and staying social is important for your mood and mental status.

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5 Unique Hotel Perks That Promote Wellness

A standard hotel booking normally means you get a clean, simple place to rest your head while travelling out of town or on vacation. It may include extras like a 24-hour gym, vending machines, and complimentary breakfasts. But some hotels are getting creative and taking their perks a step further. Often way further.

In a time when services like Airbnb are becoming very popular, hotels around the world are finding other ways to provide truly high-end experiences that travelers don’t get from renting someone’s apartment for a week.

Below are five wellness-focused amenities that really caught our eye from hotels around the country. If you’re looking for something extra while planning your next trip, these can be great for inspiration.

1. First, take The Benjamin hotel in New York City. Patrons can order from a Rest and Renew Menu that includes ten different pillow types plus a list of iron chef-designed bedtime snacks under 200 calories each! Those who have trouble falling asleep will likely find the answer to their problems here.

2. Special dietary needs can be a problem when travelling, but not at a place like the EVEN Hotels. Vegetarian, gluten-free, and low carb diets, just to name a few, are ready to picked right from the menu. Plus, each of their hotel rooms is specially-designed with ergonomic work spaces for those who need to do business during their stay.

3. For those expecting an ultimate spa pampering, Miraval Arizona in Tucson offers a huge variety of services that include what they call “Specialty Bodywork” treatments. For an extra $275, you can experience an exclusive Samadi Healing Ceremony complete with Native American Shamanic drumming and chants plus Reiki, acupuncture, and reflexology treatments. That’s certainly not something you can experience just anywhere!

4. If the kids are tagging along, The James in Chicago makes them feel special too while encouraging family time away from home. Their Lil’ James Family Adventurer package includes a private media room with a full DVD list, a kid-friendly dining menu, guides to family-friendly adventures in the city, books and board games galore, and a special milk and cookie turndown service.

5. Hotels are known for rest and relaxation, but the Kimpton Hotels are all about staying active too. Each of their hotels offers visitors a complimentary custom-designed (and stylish) PUBLIC bike for exploring the city or taking a romantic ride. But if you don’t want to go outside to stay fit, you’ll also find a yoga mat in each room, plus access to jogging stations and healthy meals and snacks.

Making sure clients have access to unique wellness options away from home means more visitors and a better bottom line for hotels. This win-win never felt healthier!