Get out and enjoy winter

Like this Sunday at the Winter Blast!

Bears hibernate, humans don’t. But that’s what it feels like with winter in New England.

As a matter of fact, the average weight gain is five to seven pounds during winter months as we hunker down with calorie-laden snacks, weather-related excuses why we aren’t moving our bodies and bulky sweaters that let us hide those extra pounds. And don’t forget the kids who are getting on each other’s nerves and doing way too much screen time.

So you may be thinking you better start an exercise program or get on a diet (considering all those New Year resolutions floating around) or sign your child up for the next session of soccer or dance.

Well, go right ahead – those are great ways to enhance your health. But good health doesn’t have to be so formal or structured and attaining it definitely should be enjoyable.

As the first snow fell this winter season, I watched my kids throw on their snow gear and head outside to sled down the hill in front of our house. They were happy, they were laughing and guess what? They were (should I dare say it) . . . exercising! My husband soon joined in and I wondered why I still had the vacuum in my hand. There are so many benefits of simply being outdoors, enjoying nature, getting some sun and socializing with family, friends and neighbors. Out the door I went, sled in hand.

Don’t get caught up in the winter blues when Concord has plenty of outdoor activities for families to enjoy. Consider the Winter Blast event happening this Sunday at Beaver Meadow Golf Course from noon to 4 p.m.

This event, sponsored by the Capital Area Wellness Coalition, highlights all of the free winter activities that Beaver Meadow has to offer such as cross country skiing, skating and snowshoeing. Just don’t forget to bring your own equipment. Events include a snow sculpting competition, snowball throwing contest, music, bonfire, hot cocoa and food concession.

Any way you look at it, Concord has much to offer and you won’t have to go far to enjoy the outdoors with a little sun and good ol’ family fun! For more details on this event, visit capwellness.org/.

The Capital Area Wellness Coalition coordinates community resources and builds partnerships to create a culture of healthy living for everyone. The CAWC meets monthly on the second Wednesday at 8 a.m. at the Center for Health Promotion, 49 S. Main St. in Concord. Visit capwellness.org to learn more.

Author: Valerie Ferland For The Insider

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