Wintertime is in full swing. It’s finally truly cold in the D.C. area, and the weather doesn’t make me want to go outside without proper clothing. The thing is, I hate the process of putting on and taking off winter clothes: scarves, hats, gloves, coats, anything. It’s just inconvenient; I’d rather put on a jacket and have done with it, but it’s been too cold for that lately. It’s easy, for me at least, to just hole up at home and never leave. But then, cabin fever sets in. My solution is to find things to do that actually make leaving the warmth of the house worth it. Here are some winter date ideas – whether that “date” is romantic, platonic, or familial doesn’t matter.
Go have a movie marathon.
Now is the time to see all those Oscar-nominated films everyone has been buzzing about! Not only do you get to leave the house, you don’t have to do very much physical activity at all once you’ve left it. I love to wait until the second-run theaters are showing movies, because they’re usually so much cheaper. My favorite second-run theaters in Northern Virginia are the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse and University Mall Theatres.
Go ice skating.
This one kills two birds with one stone. On the one hand, it’s a continuation of the cold outside. But, on the other hand, that means that you don’t have to disrobe from your winter clothes and later redress yourself. Ice skating is fun and can be funny, and is great exercise. My favorite part about ice skating is putting on my regular shoes afterward. They always feel like clouds.
Attend an exercise class.
I’ve made my feelings about waiting to make resolutions very clear, but as I said in that post, it’s never a bad time to change your life for the better! A great way to get out of the house, stay warm, and shed those holiday pounds is to sign up – and attend – an exercise class. There are classes for every level of ability and every budget. Or, go a little outside the box and sign up to play in a rec league of a sport you love. Playing sports is a great way to get in a full-body workout with less thought about “okay, now I need to work this area, then this area.” There’s also always the potential to have fun and make friends.
Explore local museums.
If you ask me, the best times of year to visit museums are those that have less-than-ideal weather outside, usually summer and winter. I prefer to visit museums in the winter, because in D.C., almost every single one has a free coat check for coats and bags, so you don’t have to keep track of them if you don’t want to do so. Visiting local museums is a mindless way of exercising and is a great way to learn new information. Afterward, why don’t you find a cafe with a fire and sit by it with a sandwich and a hot drink?
Hopefully some of these ideas work for you, to make winter more bearable and get you out of the house.