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Winter is here, and it often means staying indoors and being less active. Freezing temperatures don’t have to put the chill on physical activity — and unhealthy comfort food isn’t the only cure for winter blues.

Research shows that getting a healthy amount of exercise can brighten your mood. Had a stressful day at work? Need to blow off some steam? Physical activity stimulates brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed.

Adults need at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day, and kids need 60. Eating healthy foods like lean protein, fruits, and vegetables can supercharge your health and overall mood.

Check out these useful tips for boosting your spirits and building motivation to stay healthy.

1. Snack Smart.

Eating sugary, fatty foods can lead to a slump. Providing our bodies with healthy foods can boost mood and motivation to exercise. Need some ideas? Browse our selection of healthy snacks that will keep you and your kiddos energized.

2. Show Your Slow Cooker Some Love.

There are still healthy options when it comes to comfort food. Dust off your slow cooker and try out some healthy slow cooker recipes like our Hearty Vegetable and Bean Soup or Chicken Tortilla Soup.

3. Stay Warm and Active.

Turn up the heat by exercising indoors. Try these fun moves you can do in your own home that incorporate items you already own.

4. Involve The Whole Family.

When cabin fever sets in, layer up in warm clothing and take the whole crew for an outing. Watch these videos to see 10 ways to make your family walk fun or try theses indoor exercises.

5. Get Your Workplace Involved.

If you’ve made the decision to be tobacco free, repurpose smoke break time to work in some activity. Got time on your lunch break? Walk some laps around the building or to try these moves. Better yet, why not involve the whole office and start a health challenge? Click here to get involved.

6. Skip sugary drinks.

Swap the soda for water. Try this holiday-themed infused water recipe if you’re in the mood for apple cider but want to cut down on calories. Craving sugary hot cocoa? Get your fix with these Cocoa Dusted Almonds instead.

Whatever you do, make it fun. You’re more likely to stick to lifestyle changes if you’re enjoying yourself and have support in the process. With a little effort, you can send those winter blues packing!