Defeating the Polar Vortex: Finding Fun in a Cold Climate

By Rachel Laurie

handmade scarfThe Polar Vortex has struck the Midwest again, and nothing makes you want to cuddle up with a cup of tea and a good movie more than below freezing temperatures. Unfortunately, spending all your time bingeing on tv and snack food can lead to bad habits and the dreaded couch potato syndrome. Remaining active is one of the best ways to combat the winter blues, so here are a few ideas for keeping busy despite the chill and keeping up with those resolutions set back at the beginning of 2015.

Combat the Cold: A new winter coat, furry gloves, and knit cap will make you want to go outside just to show off that new ensemble. If you’re strapped for cash, try something as simple as a new scarf. This can perk up your look and your view of the winter weather as you get ready to get out.

Try Something New: When was the last time you went ice skating? Surprisingly, it’s never too late to learn to skate. Most rinks have open skate nights and rent ice skates. Take a group of friends for an unforgettable day of memories as you all try to stay upright on the slippery surface.

zumbaKeeping Fit: If you’re looking for a fun activity that will help you stay in shape, try dancing or Zumba classes. Not only will your find your stamina, agility, and balance improving as you progress through the classes, you can do this as a group or on your own. Check out dancing classes and Zumba classes in your area if you want to do this as a group. Sign up and payment options can be fairly extensive given the popularity of dance and fitness. Additionally, yoga studios offer a calming atmosphere and a low impact regimen to start working on that bathing suit body.

SkiWinter Travel: We think of vacations as being more of a summer thing, but there are still plenty of activities available throughout the winter. Michigan offers a lot of opportunities for winter activities, such as skiing and snowboarding. Rentals are available at Mount Holly in Mid-Michigan or just an hour from the Bridge at Boyne Mountain. You can find snow mobile rentals in Traverse City and many other places ‘Up North’. Additionally, if you don’t want to spend your vacation competing with the cold, try out some of the amazing craft breweries and unique bistros that can be found across the state. You’ll find most hotels offering low winter prices and heated pools, which makes for a great weekend trip.

Despite being stuck with the wind and snow, there are many ways to enjoy the winter despite the severe temperatures. From trying out a new recipe to going to a movie, the goal is to do something that livens things up a bit, combats the darkness and the cold, and gets you one step closer to warmer temps.

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