Michigan winters are cold, snowy, and sometimes icy. Michigan winters can seem long, but here are some tips for surviving the winter and not letting cabin fever creep in too soon.
Invest in warm and comfortable gear. We suggest wearing long underwear as a base layer. Choose something that wicks away moisture to keep you dry. Merino wool is a great choice.
For your insulting layer, you want to choose a fabric that keeps your body heat close to your body. Don't be afraid to layer. For example, wear a fleece jacket under a down-filled jacket. To stay dry, consider a winter jacket with a waterproof top layer. Gor-Tex is one option.
Your fingers, toes, and hat need protection too. Wool socks and tall insulated boots are ideal. Choose warm gloves that will keep you warm. We love the authentic deerskin gloves from Grandpa Shorter's Gifts. And remember, cover your head with a cozy that covers your ears. They say the body loses heat through your head!
Healthy Foods & Exercise Matter
It's easy to want to hunker down and eat comfort food and watch Netflix all day, but you're not a bear...you can't hibernate all winter! Plus, no exercise and sweets will leave you feeling blue.
Choose healthy carbs and lots of fruits and veggies. Healthy carbs boost serotonin production, that's the chemical that helps regulate your moods and can prevent the winter blues. Eating healthy also enables you to fight off those nasty colds that seem to run ramped each winter!
Exercising is excellent for helping to increase your energy and elevate your mood. So hit the ski slopes or go snowshoeing. Just make a habit of getting outside for fresh air, exercise, and some natural vitamin D.
Winter is a fact of life in Northern Michigan, make the best of it by bundling up, eating healthy, and being active. What tips do you have for surviving a Michigan winter?