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How to Beat the Winter Blues

Don't let Jack Frost get you down this winter! Make the most of the season with these tips.

how to beat the winter blues

No matter how pretty a snow-covered landscape may look, it’s easy to come down with a case of cabin fever during the winter season. Don’t let a little chilly air get you down! Tell Jack Frost to get lost with the best ways to beat the winter blues.

Get Moving

It’s easy to skip your workout when the cold weather hits. Take the time to appreciate the season with winter-exclusive activities, like ice skating, sledding, skiing and snowshoeing. Even clearing your driveway of pesky snow will help you stay active. If the great outdoors isn’t for you, try bowling, walking around your local mall or take a yoga class. With Active&Fit Direct, you can choose from over 2,500 digital workout videos and over 11,000 fitness centers nationwide. AAA members can enroll for free through February 28th.

Don’t forget to don your warm layers for any outdoor activity. The American Heart Association recommends starting with a layer of high-performance sportswear to pull moisture from sweat and snow off your skin. Follow up with a fleece layer, and finish with a thin waterproof layer. And remember to stay hydrated.

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Eat Smart

Winter was made for food that warms you from the inside out. The NZ Nutrition Foundation recommends a hot bowl of soup or stew for a chilly day indoors. Try one of these Instant Pot soup recipes and load it up with lots of vegetables, beans and protein for a nutritional boost. Oily fish like salmon are a good source of vitamin D, which helps to boost the immune system when we can’t get our daily dose of sunlight.

Make sure to use garlic in your dishes as well. Garlic has been shown to fend off diseases, keeping you healthy and happy during cold and flu season. For the most benefits, chop garlic and let it stand 10-15 minutes before cooking.

Are you new to cooking at home, or just have trouble thinking of your own recipes? AAA members can save on Home Chef, a subscription box that provides everything you need to create delicious meals from home, from fresh ingredients to step-by-step instructions.

how to beat the winter blues

Start Something New

A new hobby is a sure-fire way to beat the winter blues. Cuddle up by the fire with a good book and a nice mug of hot chocolate. Get crafty and teach yourself to knit or crochet a warm scarf or hat for yourself. Test out some new recipes in the kitchen. Spruce up your home with some DIY decorating projects. Get the whole family in on the action for some cold weather bonding.

If you’re looking for a new TV series to get into, check out fuboTV, a live streaming television service that you can watch on your phone, tablet, computer or television. From live sports to prestige TV shows and movies, fuboTV has a wide variety of entertainment options to choose from. AAA members can save 25% on their first three months of fuboTV.

Plan a Getaway

Sometimes the perfect cure for cabin fever is planning your next vacation. Although we can’t travel right now, AAA travel advisors are always at the ready to help plan your future dream trips.

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