50 Ways to Keep Active This Winter

Fight the Winter Blues, Cabin Fever, Couch Potato Syndrome, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or just plain boredom. Stay active this winter–physically, socially, and mentally. Outdoor activities promote physical activity and get you in the sun–both are good for your mood. Social activities prevent the isolation that occurs when you just want to snuggle up in your blanket indoors. Keep your mind alert with activities other than TV or video games, which can be mind-numbing after a while. Here are 50-plus activities for you to enjoy. A few will take some resources, but many are low to no cost.

  • Bird watching
  • Ice fishing
  • Crossword or other word puzzle
  • Hit the local gym or set up some equipment at home
  • Winter hiking
  • Adult coloring books or color with the kids-we have some for sale at Yurk Counseling Services
  • Skiing–cross country or down hill
  • Winter picnic–blankets and hot soup required
  • Sudokus
  • Outdoor photo expedition
  • Snow paint your yard–easy to make with food coloring
  • Jigsaw puzzle
  • Star gazing–many say it’s at its best in the winter sky, plus there are local events hosted by hobbyists
  • Walk the dog
  • Winter camping–yes, that’s what I meant
  • Attend a dog sled race
  • Shovel at home or for an elderly neighbor
  • Sit on your porch swing with a blanket and hot cocoa
  • Snow play–make angels, build a snow fort, have a snowball fight
  • Game night, or make it a party–card games, darts, board games
  • Take your party outdoors for outdoor games and activities– provide a fire, warm beverages, and extra hats and mittens
  • Attend candlelight skiing and hiking events found throughout Wisconsin
  • Snowmobiling
  • Have a bonfire and make s’mores
  • Yoga–use a video or try a class at Plymouth Yoga or Yoga Loft
  • Feed the birds
  • Snowshoeing or winter hiking
  • Sledding
  • Be an artist–try fun events at the Hub or join the Sheboygan Visual Artists
  • Ice skating
  • Start or join a book club
  • Host a dinner party–chili is easy, and it’s appreciated on a cold day
  • Fat tire biking on the beach or in the woods–alone or with a group of hardy souls
  • Attend winter festivals and other local events–see local Chamber of Commerce websites in Sheboygan or Plymouth

In case you’re counting, I started with a list of over 5o items, but you’ll see that I combined some activities.

Warm regards,

Wendy Yurk
Wendy Yurk, MS, LPC