1 Get Outdoors.

There are lots of gloomy winter days, but there are also lots of beautiful sunny days. When the sun is shining take at least 15 minutes to get outdoors for some fresh air and vitamin D. Roll up your sleeves, take some deep breaths and let the sun shine on your face and arms. We do not get a lot of vitamin D from the sun during the winter months; however, every little bit helps.

2 Make outdoor activities a family affair.

Nothing beats spending time with your family, especially after a long week of work. Get the whole family involved in fun winter activities like skating, sledding, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Challenge each other, but also make sure to laugh along the way.

3 Workout from home.

Let’s face it, some winter days are too cold to venture outdoors, so why not get a workout in at home? Check out some free workout videos on YouTube and work up a sweat in the comfort of your own home.

4 Add some colour to your world.

When the gray and gloomy winter gets you down, it’s time to brighten up your life and your workouts with colourful workout clothing, sneakers and upbeat music. Colour and music have a big impact on how our brains view the world.

5 Find a workout partner.

Many of us feel a little less motivated in the winter, but the good news is you probably have a close friend that feels the same. Find yourself a workout partner that will help keep you accountable and motivated towards reaching your goals.

6 Take up a winter sport.

Remember when you were a child and you actually looked forward to the winter months? A lot of this had to do with being involved in winter sports. Luckily, there are still winter sports we can be involved in as adults – hockey, indoor track and field, indoor swimming, basketball, volleyball, etc.

7 Sleep well.

Many people suffer from depression in the winter months and not sleeping well can make this matter worse. To help get a better sleep at night turn off your tv or phone at least 1 hour before going to bed, take a nice warm shower or bath, read, go to bed when you are tired and take some deep breaths.

8 Ease your stress.

A great way to unwind from a stressful day is to bring a pot filled with water, cinnamon and apples to a boil. This yummy smelling brew will instantly ease your stress and can also help
relieve headaches.

9 Amp up your workout intensity.

Cut back on your workout time by adding some high intensity interval training (HIIT) into your workout routine. These short 5 to 30 minute workouts include repeated bouts of high intensity effort combined with recovery time. These workouts will leave you with a feeling of accomplishment.

10 Focus on what you love.

Ok the winter months are pretty rough, but why not focus on what you love about winter, rather than what you don’t. Try thinking about things like Christmas, being cozy, fireplaces, warm beverages, snow days, sledding and family. Focusing on the positive, rather than the negative, will turn your gloomy winter days into bright ones.

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