Getting into gear during the winter months

February 1, 2023

If there’s anything that Manitobans know well, it’s winter. Some of us can’t wait to layer up and take part in classic winter activities, such as snowshoeing, skiing and skating. Others, however, are not so keen on the colder temperatures and prefer to layer up in a different way – with a pile of blankets on the couch.  

Regardless of whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or prefer to stay cozy indoors, it’s important to focus on both your physical and mental health during the winter season.

Read through our collection of articles that serve as a how-to guide for getting into gear during the winter months:  

Staying fit:

Improving your strength and balance can go a long way in helping you to avoid slips and falls on the ice and snow. And when the snow starts to melt, you will be ready to get out there and join in on your favourite outdoor activities.

Injury prevention – a healthy balance

Learn about the muscles that impact your balance and how to strengthen them to improve your stability. Read more.

Injury prevention – exercises to build balance

When you are ready, try out these more advanced exercises to help build balance and prevent injury, complete with video instruction. Read more.

Strength training – not just for body builders

Including strength training to your regular cardio exercise will help you keep your whole body strong and reduce the risk of negative health outcomes. Read more.

Eating well:

It may be tempting to reach for your favourite comfort foods but maintaining a healthy diet year-round is key to your overall health and well-being.

New year, new nutrition goals

You don’t have to change your whole diet to make healthy food choices. Try these realistic and sustainable nutrition goals to reach toward. Read more.

Eating healthy on a budget

The cost of food may have you dreading your next trip to the grocery store, but there are simple ways to shop for healthy and delicious foods while keeping costs low. Read more.

Improving mental health:

The winter can be a challenging time for many. Maintaining good mental health is important as the shorter days and longer nights can lead to feelings of depression and isolation.

Let it be – mindfulness

With so many aspects of our daily lives out of our control, mindfulness helps us manage the only thing we can influence – our thoughts. Read more.

Putting yourself first

True self-care is something that can and should be done regularly. Practicing self-care allows us to look after ourselves and restore ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally. Read more.

The therapeutic power of nature

Yes, it is cold out, but scientific evidence shows that spending time outside can benefit your overall mental well-being. So, bundle up and seek nature, even just for 30 minutes. Read more.

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