The post-holiday, pre-spring period can often be a dark and dreary time in Pennsylvania. Many of us experience a dip in mood and energy, also known as the winter blues. This seasonal phenomenon is often attributed to factors like reduced sunlight and cold temperatures and it can leave us feeling sluggish and lacking motivation. However, there are ways to combat winter blues and maintain a positive mindset throughout the season. From developing and maintaining a fitness routine to nurturing our minds and bodies with self-care practices, this article provides you with effective ways to beat the winter blues and help you thrive through the rest of the season.

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Maintaining a healthy fitness routine throughout the cold winter months can be challenging, but it’s crucial for your overall well-being. Cold weather and darker days make it tempting to stay indoors, but regular exercise has many benefits, including boosting your mood and increasing energy levels. Indoor activities like yoga, Pilates, or at home-workouts can be great alternatives to outdoor exercises. If you prefer to bundle up and get outside, consider activities like ice skating, skiing or a winter hike. Set realistic goals, stay consistent and find activities that you enjoy and you will fight off those winter blues without a problem.

2023 Happening List Winners

Gracie Jiu Jitsu Phoenixville

2023 Happening List Winner for Gym

550 Kimberton Road, Phoenixville, PA

Gracie Jiu Jitsu Training Center in Phoenixville is certified to teach the Gracie University® Curriculum which is standardized across every certified Gracie Jiu Jitsu Training Center around the globe. As a Gracie University student you also get access to an online platform with detailed, interactive videos of each and every technique in the curriculum so you can practice and study at home.

TORQUE, Spin, Barre and TRX Studio

2023 Happening List Winner for Group Exercise

328 N Lewis Rd, Royersford, PA

At TORQUE you will improve your overall well being, both physically and mentally. You will sweat, dance and leave feeling recharged with a huge smile on your face.

Invert Your World

2023 Happening List Winner for Yoga

100 Wissahickon Ave, Ambler, PA

Invert Your World is an award-winning fitness studio with a mission to deliver experiences that inspire and motivate those who enter. They offer a variety of yoga, cycling, and fitness fusion classes both in person and streaming on demand.

Indulging in healthy treats can be a delicious way to satisfy cravings while supporting your overall well-being. There’s no rule that says you can’t enjoy a fruit smoothie when it’s cold outside! Opting for other healthy snacks such as fruit, nuts, yogurt with honey or green drinks and smoothies will satisfy your sweet tooth and give you additional nutritional benefits. Here are some of your local favorites:

2023 Happening List Winners

Whoa Nutrition

2023 Happening List Finalist Healthy Food

104 W. Main Street, North Wales, PA
(267) 904-5315

Whoa Nutrition offers hot teas, warm oats, milkshakes, delicious treats and more. Check the FB for seasonal specials.

Sweet Aloha Bowls

2023 Happening List Finalist Healthy Food

324 Main Street, Royersford, PA

Sweet Aloha Bowls serves delicious, healthy food. The menu is full of variety, including pitaya, guava, banana and acai bowls, smoothies, toasts, oatmeal, oatie bowls, coconut yogurt and more.

Practicing self-care in the winter is essential for maintaining physical and mental well-being. The cold, dry weather can be harsh on your skin. Nourish your body with warm baths, meditation, massages, facials and proper hydration. By prioritizing self-care, you can ensure you stay healthy and feeling good all winter long. Here are some of Montco’s best places to get a facial, massage, plus med spa services.

2023 Happening List Winners

Jolie Salon and Spa

2023 Happening List Winner for Facial & Massage

750 Dekalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA

Jolie is a nationally recognized, award winning salon catering to the needs of the Blue Bell area since 2000 with over 6000 square feet of luxurious space to pamper our guests. Enjoy free WiFi while relaxing with a complimentary cup of coffee, soda or a glass of wine and a snacks.

Laser & Aesthetics by Jill

2023 Happening List Winner for Med Spa

271 Bethlehem Pike Suite 205, Colmar, PA
(267) 475-9146

Jill Basile has 26+ years experience as a Medical  Aesthetician. She started her journey in ophthalmic plastics and reconstructive surgery and learned about many cosmetic procedures. Over the many years in dermatology she had acquired eight different laser certifications to treat various issues including hair removal, gender transition hair removal, rosacea, sun damage skin, leg veins, facial veins, post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, acne, and other problematic skin conditions.


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