Winter slows a lot of things down in Boston: T service, the feel of an average work day, and the general activity level of its citizens. A lot of people exercise more frequently in the winter, in order to keep their endorphins pumping while the temperature drops below 10 degrees. For those of us who prefer Netflix to a stairmaster, staying positive and energized can be just as challenging. Here’s how to keep an active mind in Boston until May (early April if we’re lucky).
|1.||Keep your mind active|
Think about it: When are you realistically going to have time to learn American Sign Language in June, when your friends want to drive up to Old Orchard and drink beer on the sand? Within Boston, you can sign up for a writing workshop and learn to write down your best bar stories, learn a computer program that will help you at work, or take a course in a language you might use one day (or may never use!)
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Comedy theaters like Improv Boston and Improv Asylum are busy cranking out their regular schedules, all through the winter, and both theaters have a cash bar available during their shows. Instead of watching “Downton Abbey” on PBS, DVR it and go see Improv Boston’s comedic version, “Downton IB.”
Going to shows is a great way to sweat and feel charged up about something in the dead of winter, and luckily for us, bands come through Boston no matter the season. Keep an eye on our event calendar for show dates.
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|3.||Make the most of your commute|
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|5.||Put stuff in your mouth|
Having a couple beers at your local bar’s trivia night can’t hurt your critical thinking skills, and it’s certainly more active and challenging than making boxed macaroni and cheese at home. Check out PJ Ryan’s in Somerville or Sweetwater Tavern near Back Bay.
For those interested in more alcohol, Boston Wine School hosts its “Beer 101” tasting class in January, and the Sam Adams Brewery offers free tours.
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