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.

Newtown Athletic Club

120 Pheasant Run, Newtown, PA
(215) 968-0600

With a membership for everyone, you can start or continue your journey to living your healthiest life with the Newtown Athletic Club. With over 45 years experience in providing elite amenities, services and programs for each member of your family to choose from, the Newtown Athletic Club has been named one of the top lifestyle clubs and health and wellness centers globally – located right here in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Membership includes both indoor and outdoor relaxation, therapy and swim services, unlimited boutique group studio classes with yoga, Pilates, cycling, HIIT personal training classes, barre and dance sweat. Plus, the NAC has an integrated family approach with childcare available.

Pure Barre

2023 Happening List Winner for Group Exercise, Central Bucks
1745 S. Easton Road, Doylestown, PA

Pure Barre is a great workout, inspired by yoga, Pilates and ballet. It's an empowering full-body workout that transforms you physically and mentally. The classes have been carefully designed to feature low-impact, high-intensity movements for any and all fitness levels. At Pure Barre Doylestown, you will build full body strength and be inspired by the supportive community.

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Wrightstown Health and Fitness

2023 Happening List Winner for Gym, Lower Bucks

650 Durham Rd Suite 1, Newtown, PA
(215) 598-7750

Wrightstown Health and Fitness prides itself on listening to your health goals and concerns because you know your body best. WHF offers personal training and exercise programs, massage therapy, facial treatments, and yoga classes. They work alongside an alliance of other health and wellness providers to offer diet and nutrition counseling, RPL personal solutions (cryotherapy, infrared sauna, compression therapy and more).

New Hope Fitness

2023 Happening List Winner for Gym, Central Bucks

6542-K Lower York Rd, New Hope, PA
(267) 740-2479

Located in New Hope's Logan Square, New Hope Fitness offers a traditional gym experience where members can achieve their fitness goals without restriction. The gym consists of strength training equipment: barbells, dumbbells, plate-loaded and circuit training equipment; cardio equipment: treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, ergs and steppers; cross-training equipment: medicine balls, kettlebells, plyometrics, pull-up bars, ropes, sandbags, etc.

Park Club Fitness and Wellness

2023 Happening List Winner for Gym and Group Exercise, Upper Bucks

1143 N 5th St, Perkasie, PA
(215) 257-8877

Park Club Fitness and Wellness is focused on meeting the distinct needs of the Perkasie community with a 24/7 fitness studio that offers live group training and on demand classes to fit into everyone's schedule. The gym provides fun and effective workout options to family members of all ages and interests.

CKO Kickboxing

2023 Happening List Winner for Group Exercise, Lower Bucks

1617 Big Oak Rd, Yardley, PA
(215) 321-3355

CKO Kickboxing is a one-hour fat burning, cardio exercise with up to 1,200 calories burned during the class. It's a fun and engaging group fitness class that keeps the punches and kicks basic to focus on the fitness aspect of your workout. The kickboxing classes are for both beginner and advanced levels and each member can work out at their own pace.

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:

Playa Bowls Newtown

2913 S. Eagle Road, Newtown, PA
(215) 550-6472

Playa Bowls™ is your slice of summer, anytime. Using the freshest, highest quality ingredients, Playa Bowls serves healthy, delicious açaí, pitaya, coconut bowls and smoothies with sustainability and community in mind. Visit Playa Bowls at the Newtown or Fairless Hills locations.

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Soulberry Natural Market

2023 Happening List Winner for Healthy Food

415 York Rd, New Hope, PA
(267) 741-5406

Soulberry Natural Market makes healthy foods and products available to the community and inspires people to increase their vitality through consistent healthy life choices. They are committed to carrying products made with the highest quality ingredients to ensure you are fueling your body with foods that will enhance your health.

So Fresh So Green Juice Co.

2023 Happening List Winner for Smoothie/Juice

1005 W Main St, Silverdale, PA
(215) 257-6047

So Fresh So Green Juice Co. was created to make drinking healthy juice fun, tasty and relatable. The delicious and nutritious drinks are 100% fresh and natural.

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 Bucks County's best places to get a facial, massage, plus med spa services.

La Chelé Medical Aesthetics

2023 Happening List Winner for Med Spa

430 Union Square Drive, New Hope, PA | 215-862-6100

2911 S. Eagle Road, Newtown, PA | 267-753-7676

225 Dryden Road, Upper Dublin, PA | 215-515-1770

La Chelé Medical Aesthetics is an award-winning, 16 year established, boutique medical aesthetics and laser center with locations in Bucks County and Montgomery County. La Chelé is known for its cutting-edge, non-surgical cosmetic treatments, state-of-the-art laser technology center, and its robust wellness center that offers bio-identical hormone replacement therapy and a lifestyle medical weight loss program. La Chelé offers services in the areas of hair, brow and eyes, face, mouth, skin, neck and body.

Radiance Spa

2600 York Rd., Bucks Club 2nd Floor, Jamison, PA
(215) 343-0350

Nestled in the heart of Bucks County, Radiance Spa offers an escape into a quiet and serene setting where you can indulge in unique treatments. Pamper yourself with a therapeutic massage, rejuvenating facial, hydrating body treatment, hair removal or permanent makeup. The team at Radiance Spa is professionally trained to help you relax and restore your inner balance.

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Lady Leona Aesthetics

2023 Happening List Winner for Facial

800 Bustleton Pike Suite 106-A, Richboro, PA
(267) 212-3878

Lady Leona Aesthetic's goal is to create ethical and result driven treatments by completely customizing your experience! The owner strives to be an inspiration of knowledge to teach my clients healthy practices on every service that they may get done at Lady Leona.

Cara Reilley, LMT, CMLDT

2023 Happening List Winner for Massage

Urban Allure, 120 Pheasant Run, Newtown, PA
(215) 968-2720

Cara specializes in therapeutic massage which uses different deep tissue and corrective techniques like trigger point therapy, pin and release, and cupping. This allows her to alleviate muscle tension, fascia restrictions, and pain from poor posture and over used, stressed muscles.

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