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The Green Life: 10 Ways to Kick the Cold

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January 07, 2013

10 Ways to Kick the Cold

Cold OutsideOoh baby it's cold outside! But what to do to fight off that icy weather that's got you shivering and shaking? Whether you love to be outdoors or long to hibernate during the wintery months, we've got some suggestions to help you keep that chill out of your bones. 

Go on a hike: The best way to warm up is to get your blood pumping, and going for a hike is the best way to do that if you’re looking for a cheap and invigorating form of entertainment. Hike the JMT or the Appalachian Trail for a bigger challenge, or head to the closest trail near you for an impromptu adventure.

Go to a movie: After a couple days of lounging around the house, sometimes you just have to get out, no matter how cold it is outside. Movies are a great way to escape from the cold and get rid of that cabin fever. You could check out the latest blockbusters, but why not take the opportunity to educate yourself. We recommend Chasing Ice for a profound look at the effects of climate change.

Have a drink: If you find yourself still shivering, warm yourself up from the inside out with a cup of cocoa or hot tea. Of course, if you’re looking for something with a little more of an edge to it, you could always try one of our holiday cocktails to get your blood pumping.

Get warm gear: If you’re going to brave the outdoors during the frosty weather, what better way to keep warm than to be decked out in resilient cold-weather gear? Combine some heavy duty outdoor gear with a scarf and beanie and you’ll be feeling nice and toasty no matter where your adventures take you.

Head to an ice rink: If you’re looking for something fun to do with the family but your city is too far from a hiking trail, heading to one of the awesome ice rinks in the area is a great way to get the blood pumping without venturing too far from the city. Ice rinks are only around during this special time of year, why not appreciate them before the season is over?

Make a meal: Making a nice hot meal for the family is a great way to warm up yourself and others. Whether you choose to make a big batch of turkey soup or an elaborate feast, firing up the stove will start to warm your house—and once you dig in and eat your tummy will be warm and full as well.

Stay inside: If braving the outdoors isn’t your style, why not just hang out in your PJs, cuddle up under a mountain of blankets, and catch up on some good reads. If you're feeling creative  you could also get crafty in your free time. Just because you’re staying inside doesn’t mean you can’t do something worthwhile from the comfort of your home.

Go to the gym: Maybe you want to get your blood pumping but you don’t want to face the icy weather for too long. Heading to a gym or bringing the gym gear to your home is a great way to keep yourself sheltered from the chilly weather and still be active. After all those delicious yet decadent meals, a run on the treadmill may be just what you need.

Head south: If all else fails, leave the low temps behind and head to a warmer destination. Whether you feel like having a volunteer vacation, basking on the beaches in Hawaii, or trying out charming little towns like Yelapa, the frost and snow will be the furthest thing from your mind when you’re sipping on mai tai’s and sunning yourself.

--Jess Krager

--Photo courtesy of iStockphoto/Nick_Thompson

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