I’m sharing a blast from the past today. It’s a post I’ve published before – but totally still useful in keeping busy over the cold and long winter months for my friends who don’t live somewhere hot.
Have you been hibernating? When it’s dark at 5 o’clock and your toes are freezing, the last thing you want to do is hang outside all day. So here are my suggestions for fun activities to do inside:
1) Go for Indian Food – The hot, hot heat of spicy Indian flavours will keep the fires warm, not to mention your sinuses clear. Round up your besties and make it a girls night out. The spices in curry are full of antioxidants and good for you. Finish your meal off with a refreshing and healthy mango lassi – a yogurt based smoothie. Try my recipe at home for a delicious Cauliflower + Chickpea Curry.
2) Try Hot Yoga – If you’ve never tried sweating it out in a variety of poses, maybe the cold weather is a good time to inspire you. Warm-up and workout at the same time! Now that’s multi-tasking at its finest. The release of all those toxins through sweating will leave you feeling refreshed and you’ll sleep like a baby (check out my chill-out mix). Make sure to drink lots of water and stay hydrated. Many yoga studies offer your first class for free. It’s a great deal for anyone unsure on whether or not they will like this. You can also try the Passport to Prana yoga sampler card that is available in many cities across North America. Don’t forget to give your yoga mat a good scrub afterwards.
3) Hit the Spa – Sometimes the best way to unwind, besides lying on the couch all day – is lying on a massage table and having a professional work out all your knots. When was the last time you treated yourself to a massage? It could even almost free in cost if you have massage therapy benefits which covers a treatment by an RMT. Your best bet is to book an appointment at a spa that has a sauna, steam room and water therapy facilities. I have written about a few of my favourite spas here – Body Blitz, Four Seasons Spa Toronto, The Clarins Spa, Bota Bota, Le Scadinave Spa + Hammam Spa. A nice long soak in a salt water hot tub can solve some winter apathy.
4) Take a Cooking Class – Even if you’re a great cook, go out and learn something new about food and make something you’venever tried before. I always feel a million times more adventurous after a cooking class. No idea how to cook? Winter is a great time to experiment with soups and stews and learn how to finally put your kitchen to work. Check out your local grocery store, community centre and catering company for classes. OR bust out your Crock Pot and try one of these slow-cooker recipes at home.
5) Go for Pho – The intoxicating smell of a complex beef broth with basil leaves, fresh squeezed lime juice, coriander and a bit of onion is hard to resist. Add slippery rice noodles, crunchy bean sprouts and thinly sliced rare beef (that finishes cooking in the hot bowl of soup) and you have a piece of some quality Vietnamese comfort food. Head over to your favourite Pho place and order yourself a super bowl. Pho shizzle. It’s only $7-10 a bowl – cheap dinner alert!
6) Drink Lots of Herbal Tea – Steep yourself a nice gourmet pot of high-quality loose-leaf herbal tea and curl up with a good book. Stock up on a variety of favourites like chamomile or green tea and try some new flavours with a visit to a local tea shoppe. Tea varieties go so much further than what you can find at a grocery store. I love to warm up with a caffeine-free tea on a cold winter evening after dinner. It’s great for digestion and an easy pick-me-up.
7) Catch up on Movies – Were you working your butt off all Christmas and missed every great movie that came out? Hit the movie theatre or set up shop on your couch with a couple new DVDs. Oscar night is just around the corner and it’s a great time to get caught up on the nominees. See my list of movies to rent this weekend for a few suggestions!
What are your favourite things to do when you want to hang indoors and hibernate?