Ahhhh - Autumn in New England: chunky sweater weather, fall hikes, and pumpkin spice everything. This is arguably the best season. Unfortunately, it only lasts about 20 minutes. Soon enough Old Man Winter will creep in and steal our warm, sunny days and cool, golden evenings. We will be forced to trade our cute sweaters and skinny jeans for parkas and sweatpants. Cue the Netflix and prepare to hibernate until at least April.
Okay, hold up, and put down the remote. Who says winter has to mean we stop being active? Here at Be Well Events we are determined not to let the frigid temps force us to sit still this season. Care to join us? If so, we’ve put together some of our best tips to stay active and healthy despite the snow and ice:
Tip #1: Get G’ed Up from the Feet Up
To properly survive outdoor winter activities you'll need good, quality gear. When you make the decision to spend your hard-earned money on those cute (yet functional) winter boots or that adorable (and waterproof) ski jacket – we're sure you'll feel motivated to rock your new gear outdoors when the snow flies.
Tip #2: Gather your Squad
From skiing to snowshoeing to ice skating – New England is a winter playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Your job is to create the enthusiasm! Gather your #squad, throw on your new winter weather wear, and head outdoors to play. There will be so many hysterical and instagrammable moments, you won't even realize how many calories you are burning as you trudge through the snow with your crew.
Tip #3: Be a Groupie
If you hate the cold, winter is the perfect opportunity to join your fellow warm-weather fans inside and partake in a group fitness class. When the weather outside is frightful, take it as a cue to check out that hot yoga studio you've been eyeing. If you just cannot seem to get warm at home, go work up a sweat at spin class. There is something about the group-mentality that comes with a fitness class that we find exceptionally motivating.
Bonus Tip - spend a whole day this winter exploring group fitness and wellness at the Be Well Fest in January. Don't worry - the festival is inside.
Tip #4: Reject Resolutions
Winter wellness always seems to get wrapped up with New Year's Resolutions, and frankly, we don't think that's fair. If resolutions are your thing, please take no offense and kindly skip to the next tip. For us, New Year's Resolutions are just another item on the to-do list that ends up feeling like such a draaaag. We seem to end up mildly disappointed with ourselves, and it takes the fun right out of #winterwellness. So - skip it! Instead, make wellness a lifestyle. Spending time outdoors, being active, and taking care of yourself is a year-round pursuit. Also, if you decide to skip a workout and watch Netflix instead, don't beat yourself up! Your lifestyle habits are not lost, and you're allowed to take a break.
Tip #5: Get Hygge with it
Winter wellness is not only about finding ways to stay active, it is also ALL about #selfcare. Slow down and enjoy a warm cup of tea in front of the fire. Cozy up with a good book. Warm your bones in the sauna or catch up on some sleep. Winter is an amazing time to rest and reset.