With the winter season in full swing, the days are full of crisp air and snowy landscapes. There’s plenty to appreciate about the chill of winter as well as safety precautions to take. Making the best during the season of snow can be easy and enjoyable. Check out some of the activities you can do during the winter weather, as well as safety tips to keep in mind.
Enjoying the Snow in all Stages of Life
A Walk in Snowshoes
Walking during the winter isn’t uncommon and can be a healthy way to exercise both physically and mentally. Simply taking a small walk each day can prevent muscle loss during the slower days of winter. Fresh air is a wonderful way to help with breathing and keeping a clear mind. Walking with a companion at a steady slow pace is the best way to stay safe, while also enjoying yourself. While walking in colder conditions, make sure to have the proper footwear. The best kind of shoes have good support, are insulated to keep you warm during the cold, and waterproof for snowy, wet weather. Try elastic slip-on ankle boots during cold and icy conditions. They are also very easy to put on, making them useful for walking anytime. Having a pair of calf high boots on hand can help when the snow becomes deep, and will always keep your feet warm and dry.
Keep Warm and Cozy Indoors
When the wind is a bit too cold or it simply seems like a day to stay inside, a great way to spend the day is relaxing under a pile of blankets and drinking hot chocolate. There’s
no easier way to enjoy the winter weather than from the comfort of your own home. Another great way to spend the day is settling in with a book or crafting an art project. These can be enjoyed alone or even with friends. Try writing a letter to friends or family. This is an excellent way to reach out to others during the cold winter days and can be personalized to each individual.
Enjoy The Day With Others
Whether it’s a snow filled day of activities with your friends and family, or a warm day at home, visiting with friends is a great way to enjoy the weather. If neither of your schedules match up, a phone call is just as enjoyable. Socialization during the wintertime is important to everyone involved. Let them know you’re thinking of them.
Safety Tips To Remember
Being prepared for the cold is the most important thing you can do to ensure your safety during the frigid weather. Get ready for the snow and ice in the appropriate ways, such as bundling up in heavy warm coats, gloves, scarves, and other warm clothes. While shoveling snow or simply walking in the cold, it’s important to keep warm. Frostbite, or cold burn, is a serious condition that can actually freeze part of the body. Keeping yourself layered up is the easiest way to prevent frostbite. If you have to go out or work in the cold, be sure to take indoor brakes, keep moving while outside, and keep hydrated.
Keep tools like ice scrapers at hand and stock up on salt for walkways or driveways. It’s no fun to slip on ice that has built up and doing the necessary tasks beforehand can prevent dangerous falls. When picking tools, Make sure they are easy to handle, like smaller shovels. This decreases the strain of movement and reduces the risk of injury.
Stock up on things like food and blankets. Non-perishable foods are the better choice, in case of any power outages, and will last longer than fresh foods like vegetables and fruits. Blankets are just as important, making sure to keep yourself warm. They can also lend to lazy comfortable days and allow you to worry less during a snowstorm.
Don’t forget to enjoy yourself! The frosty chill of the air doesn’t have to stop you from having a great winter season. Benefiting from the cold weather is easy and can greatly increase both mental and physical health. While taking advantage of the cold, remember to stay safe and always be prepared.
“Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour.” – John Boswell
Want to find out about the activities we offer here at The Terrace? There are plenty of ways to enjoy the winter weather. Call us at 573-875-2538 or reach out online at any time!