After the festive glow of the holidays, it’s tough not to look ahead at the darker, colder winter months and wonder what you’ll do to keep busy. But with the right mindset, there are lots of fun things you can do to stay active and enjoy the winter months more.

Embrace an outdoor sport

If it’s going to snow, you might as well get out and enjoy it. Now is a perfect time to sign up for some skiing lessons at the nearest mountain or rent skates and visit your local lake or rink. Getting outside to enjoy the cold air and snow is good for your body and your spirit.

Cook up some comfort food

Our bodies need nourishment to get through the winter season and our minds turn to comfort foods like chilli, stew, soups and more. Crack open your slow cooker and start simmering. Your cozy dinner awaits.

Plan a trip

There’s nothing better to beat the January blahs than to plan a tropical vacation. And if you can’t afford a tropical destination, consider organizing a staycation near where you live. Just the thought of changing up your routine to travel can add spring to your step and keep you motivated.

Go sledding

Shooting down the hill on a tube or toboggan was exhilarating as a kid, and it’s even more fun as an adult. Put on your winter coat and boots, grab a sled and hit the hills. Then warm up by sipping hot chocolate while you dry your mittens.  

Throw a party

Over the holidays it’s tough to slow down long enough to really connect with people. Throwing a party in January gives everyone something fun to look forward to and it’s a chance to spend quality time with friends and family. Whether it’s cocktails, dinner or just enjoying some time to catch up, winter get-togethers are a perfect activity to brighten the colder, darker months.

Learn a new skill

What better time to try something new than the beginning of a new year? Maybe it’s cooking lessons, learning a craft or trying out a new group fitness class. Learning new skills is good for your mental health – not only are you challenging your mind but you’re meeting new people. You can’t do that on the couch.

Hear some live music

Wherever you live, there’s likely to be a nearby venue for bands or concerts. Check out your local entertainment listings to find live music in your neighbourhood, then rally your friends and head out. Hearing your favourite band or discovering a new musician is a great way to spend an evening. Not only will it lift your mood, it will expand your playlist.

Stay in and hibernate

You don’t always have to go out to have fun. After a long week at work or school, it’s a treat to enjoy an evening at home. Put on your comfiest clothes and read a book, take a bath or watch a movie. Hibernating at home is a chance to rest and re-energize so you can get out and hit the town the next day.

Winter is a reality, whether we like it or not. Instead of giving up, why not try a few of these activities to force yourself off the couch and make some mid-winter memories? See you on the slopes.