The post-holiday, pre-spring period can often be a dark and dreary time in Pennsylvania. Many of us experience a dip in mood and energy, also known as the winter blues. This seasonal phenomenon is often attributed to factors like reduced sunlight and cold temperatures and it can leave us feeling sluggish and lacking motivation. However, there are ways to combat winter blues and maintain a positive mindset throughout the season. From developing and maintaining a fitness routine to nurturing our minds and bodies with self-care practices, this article provides you with effective ways to beat the winter blues and help you thrive through the rest of the season.

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Maintaining a healthy fitness routine throughout the cold winter months can be challenging, but it’s crucial for your overall well-being. Cold weather and darker days make it tempting to stay indoors, but regular exercise has many benefits, including boosting your mood and increasing energy levels. Indoor activities like yoga, Pilates, or at home-workouts can be great alternatives to outdoor exercises. If you prefer to bundle up and get outside, consider activities like ice skating, skiing or a winter hike. Set realistic goals, stay consistent and find activities that you enjoy and you will fight off those winter blues without a problem.

2023 Happening List Winners

Evolve Fitness PHL

2023 Happening List Winner for Gym

126 Race St, Philadelphia, PA
(267) 833-4063

Evolve Fitness offers functional fitness, HIIT and open gym training options in Old City, Philadelphia.

Northeast Cycle

2023 Happening List Winner for Group Exercise

9910 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA
(267) 317-8369

Northeast Cycle offers indoor cycling classes that are designed to burn calories, boost your mood and build your strength.

Indulging in healthy treats can be a delicious way to satisfy cravings while supporting your overall well-being. There’s no rule that says you can’t enjoy a fruit smoothie when it’s cold outside! Opting for other healthy snacks such as fruit, nuts, yogurt with honey or green drinks and smoothies will satisfy your sweet tooth and give you additional nutritional benefits. Here are some of your local favorites:

2023 Happening List Winners

Be Wellfed

2023 Happening List Winner for Healthy Food

444 N 4th St, Philadelphia, PA
(267) 262-9664

Be Wellfed is a meal delivery service that is designed to make healthy eating a seamless party of your routine. Be Wellfed offers a diverse menu of nutrient-rich, balanced meals that cater to your specific dietary preferences and goals. From delectable salads to hearty entrees, each dish is prepared with love and delivered right to your doorstep, giving you the gift of time without sacrificing nutrition.


2023 Happening List Finalist for Healthy Food

121 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA
(215) 278-7605

HipCityVeg is a 100% plant-based, fast-casual restaurant serving American favorites like juicy burgers, crispy chick’n, and creamy shakes.

Practicing self-care in the winter is essential for maintaining physical and mental well-being. The cold, dry weather can be harsh on your skin. Nourish your body with warm baths, meditation, massages, facials and proper hydration. By prioritizing self-care, you can ensure you stay healthy and feeling good all winter long. Here are some of Philly’s best places to get a facial, massage, plus med spa services.

2023 Happening List Winners

Enigma Medi Spa

2023 Happening List Winner for Med Spa

Locations throughout Philadelphia
(215) 717-7000

Enigma Medi Spa and Laser Center is a state-of-the-art Laser Hair Removal and Medical Aesthetic Clinic in Philadelphia, serving clients since 2007. The full-service med spa offers an array of comprehensive services such as including laser hair removal, next generation fat reduction system, and more.

Adolf Biecker Spa/Salons

2023 Happening List Winner for Massage

605 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA
(215) 735-6404

Adolf Biecker Spa/Salons offer a full menu of salon and spa services. We are proud to offer a full-line of Aveda products, designed to promote a pure and natural beauty for your body, mind and soul. Services offered include hair, nails, makeup, bridal/special events, eyelash extensions, facials & enhancements, massage, hair removal, body treatments and spa packages.

Philadelphia Facial Plastic Surgery & Medspa

2023 Happening List Winner for Facial

456 N. 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA
(215) 273-3223

Philadelphia Facial Plastic Surgery & Medspa is thrilled to be based in Northern Liberties and serve Philadelphia while taking care of you and your loved ones. We offer a broad range of procedures, both surgical and non-surgical, for aesthetic facial rejuvenation. Additionally, Dr. Spalla is adept at performing interventions for reconstructive facial surgery.

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