It's easy to stay inside and be sedentary from January to March, but staying active is an important part of staying healthy, and it also keeps you busy. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, just 30 minutes of brisk walking five days a week can lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and high blood pressure. It can also improve your sleep and boost your mood. Ice skating, sledding and building snowmen outside require physical exertion and also give you the opportunity to appreciate winter while you're exercising.
Plan For The Spring
Spring will be here faster than you think, and after spending months inside, you're going to want to spend all of your spare time outside planting flowers, taking camping trips or hiking. All of those activities require planning; if you do all the planning now while you're stuck inside rather than waiting until spring then you can be participating in those outdoor activities rather than planning them.
Pick Up A Project
Whether your house needs repairs or decorating, or you're ready to learn something new, pick up a good project to help pass the cold winter days. If your bedroom is in need of a refresh, now is the time to do it. Put up inspirational art in the den or rearrange the living room furniture. Sometimes a little change in how we see the set-up of a room can make it feel like we're living in a new house. If you want to take on something more rhythmic, knitting and crocheting are easy to learn and are excellent projects for sitting on the couch on a cold winter day and watching movies. If you want to think ahead to the next holidays, you have time to make fun and elaborate Valentine's Day or Easter crafts.
Take A Class
It's so easy to stay in your house when it's cold outside, but it's important to get out every once in a while to avoid cabin fever. Taking a weekly class for a hobby is a positive reason for you to get out of the house when it's cold and snowing. Whether it's a ballet class or a session of beginning pottery, it's a chance to be social and learn something new when you might otherwise be binge-watching Gilmore Girls while shopping for smartphone accessories.
Gather the family in the kitchen and bake something together! Make an intricate cake or whip up those ooey-gooey brownies you found on Pinterest last week. It's a small project you and your family can collaborate on, turning on the oven will help heat up the house and you'll have a sweet treat to eat when you sit down for movie night. It's an afternoon delight that will make a bleak winter weekend cheery.