Snow took a long time to come, but with or without it, we can still have fun and start the new year off on the right foot! Here are our recommendations and outing suggestions to make the most of the cold season, whether it's snowy or not.
Exposure to sunlight helps fill up on vitamin D. This vitamin is essential for bone health, immune system, and emotional well-being, nothing less! So head outside for at least 15 minutes a day when the sun is shining and at least 30 minutes when the weather is overcast! Escaping to nature could also do a lot of good and allow you to regain your energy and creativity. Plan a short getaway and grab your bags!
Activating your body every day brings numerous benefits. You could do some stretching, take a leisurely walk in the neighborhood, or even have a photo session outdoors. With the children, prepare a nature treasure hunt and go looking for twigs, special-shaped rocks, and pine cones. Integrating more movement into your daily life will promote restorative sleep and wellness.
There may be times when you just want to stay home. This winter, we invite you to honour that need. Give yourself the right to hibernate on weekends, turn off the cellphone and dive into a book or series for the simple reason that it's what you feel like doing. Pull out the slow cooker to cook easy, comforting dishes, and pop into the couch cushions while it starts smelling good. Laundry can wait until Monday night...
Your preferred winter (and summer) activities can be reinterpreted even without snow. Start a fire outside and prepare some S'mores to enjoy wrapped up in blankets. Go skating... inside! Or, build a fort in the backyard with your beach towels and turn the snowball fight into a wooden stick fencing tournament! (Consider attaching a foam ball to the end of the gathered sticks to prevent injuries.)
Even if there is no snow, temperatures can drop! Make sure you stay warm by putting on at least three layers of clothing. You'll also adjust more easily during the day. Combine breathable fabrics with insulating and waterproof materials. A basic layer of merinos wool with a polar jacket and a goretex coat will do the job perfectly! For ultimate winter comfort, consider using cleats that will prevent slipping on icy surfaces.
To maintain a strong immune system all season and avoid catching a cold, healthy eating is the way to go. Add citrus fruits and green vegetables in your diet for vitamins and minerals, legumes to digest well and lots of fluids to stay hydrated! If you still get a cold, try replacing the afternoon coffee with a chicken broth or peppermint tea... it’s so comforting!
Last tip for enjoying winter: prepare your outdoor kit. In a small bag that you can quickly grab whenever you step outside, pack some tissues, hydrating lip balm, sunscreen (apply even when the sun is hiding!), non-freezing snacks like energy balls or nuts, spare socks, and a water bottle. Simple, yet essential!
For more inspiration and guidance on how to enjoy the cold season, visit our retailers and employees. They are here for you!
Laval en blanc | January 26, 27 and 28 | skating rink, snowball fight, fireworks and shows | Centre de la Nature
Festival classique hivernal | January 26 to 28 | festival where film music, great classics, musical storytelling as well as song and dance come together | Salle André Mathieu
Food for Thought! | until September 2 | exhibition that explores the link between well-being and food, without guilt and with kindness | Musée de la santé Armand Frappier
Family Snow Yoga | February 3 | moment to share with the family to stretch, get some fresh air, let go and have fun with your child or... like a child | Parc de la Rivière des Milles îles
Bright moments | February 9 to March 24 | fire-themed light and sound experience | Place Centrale at Centropolis