The post-holiday, pre-spring period can often be a dark and dreary time in New Jersey. 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 with help from some local favorites.

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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

HealthQuest Fitness

2023 Happening List Winner for Gym

310 NJ-31, Flemington, NJ
(908) 782-4009

HealthQuest Fitness offers group fitness, personal training, indoor cycling, Pilates studio, yoga and an indoor pool. It’s a fitness center that impacts the mind, body and soul and allows you and your family to achieve your personal fitness goals. The state-of-the-art facility is perfect for all ages.

The Max Challenge of Flemington

2023 Happening List Winner for Group Exercise

148 NJ-31 Suite 3 Suite 3, Flemington, NJ
(908) 524-0239

The Max Challenge offers a life-changing process for all fitness levels and combines exciting and effective workouts, a simple nutrition plan and unmatched motivation and support. Members are continually improving their physical health and many report increased energy and focus, allowing them to excel in all areas of life.

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

Zen Bowls

2023 Happening List Winner for Healthy Food

310 NJ-31, Flemington, NJ
(908) 782-4009

Zen Bowls offers takeout and delivery of healthy food bowls and smoothies.

Ginny’s Cafe

2023 Happening List Winner for Smoothie

941 NJ-12, Frenchtown, NJ
(908) 996-1000

Ginny’s Cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner all day everyday.

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 Hunterdon County’s best places to get a facial, massage, plus med spa services.

Prologue Therapy & Relationship Counseling

115 Main St, Flemington, NJ
(908) 271-8547

Prologue Therapy and Relationship Counseling is a private practiced based in Flemington, NJ. Prologue seeks to serve those all throughout New Jersey who want to author their own lives, and who know that it’s never too late to edit. Prologue Therapy helps clients claim their agency and assert their power over their life’s direction.

2023 Happening List Winners

Radiant Massage Therapy

2023 Happening List Winner for Massage

170 NJ-31 Suite 5, Flemington, NJ
(908) 824-0554

Radiant Massage Therapy offers a variety of massages, including Swedish, deep tissue, Russian sports massage, injury and rehabilitation, trigger point, medical massage, cupping, manual lymphatic drainage, aromatherapy, hydrotherapy, body wraps, geriatric massage, reflexology, prenatal, oncology and so much more, plus sunless tanning and gua sha sculpting.

Advanced Medical Spa and Laser Center

2023 Happening List Winner for Med Spa

267 US-202, Flemington, NJ
(908) 200-1980

The staff at Advanced Medical Spa & Laser Center is trained to carefully listen to each patient’s needs. The team strives to perfect good health with a glow of outer radiance. Advanced Medical Spa and Laser Center offers a unique approach to health and beauty; where aesthetics, nutrition, and wellness converge on behalf of each patient’s individual goals.

Euphoria Studio

2023 Happening List Winner for Facial

62 Trenton Ave, Frenchtown, NJ
(908) 996-3399

Located in Frenchtown’s historic Sunshine Mill, Euphoria is the ultimate self-care haven. Upon entering the Studio, your senses are immediately pleased – from a Boutique full of the most up-to-date beauty products, organic hair & skin care, a unique mix of clothing and accessories, to a full Salon & intimate Spa, Euphoria offers something for everyone.

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