A Different Kind of Christmas

Hygge . . . at the Gym

When it looks like this outside . . . 


I'm always happy to hit the gym for a good workout inside.

In fact, I've discovered that the gym is a perfect place to put hygge to work.

I can sort of see your eyeballs rolling already.  Because . . . working out?  Hygge?  Yeah.  I know.  Just hear me out.

Hygge is all about creating a comfortable environment wherever we go, right?  It's enjoying the things that get us through the dark, cold days of winter.  It's taking care of ourselves and maybe even indulging in some pampering now and again.  Hygge . . . is a mindset.  It helps us see the "happy and bright" even when we don't feel that way.

For me, a trip to the gym IS hygge!  Working out gets me to be "in the moment" better than almost anything.  It gets me moving and sweating -- and, best of all, gets those endorphins flowing.  And really, it's quite wonderful to stop at the end of the pool during a long swim . . . and see the snow falling outside through the wall of windows bordering the length of the pool.

And then . . . there's the after-workout pampering.  (Tom laughs at my gym bag, loaded down with shampoo and lotions and potions.  He wonders where I put my shoes.)  (Ahem.  They fit.)


Usually, when I finish up with my workout, I'm in a rush to get on with the rest of my day.  I hit the shower, get ready, and Get Out.  I always walk right past the whirlpool . . . and the steam room . . . and the sauna . . . to get on with whatever is next -- in a hurry.

Lately, though, I've decided that - in the spirit of hygge -  I will enjoy at least ONE of the "relaxation" stations every time I finish with a workout.  Most times, it is the whirlpool that calls to me after a swim.  But the last few days?  It's been the sauna!  Relaxing after a hard workout is pretty wonderful.  

Pure hygge.

I also discovered this little treat . . . 


In 60 seconds, I can have a quick facial right in the shower.  It's so simple -- I pop in the shower and, right away, put some of this stuff on my face and neck.  Then I do the rest of my shower-stuff.  By the time I'm done with all of that, it's been at least 60 seconds -- and I can just rinse it off.  Perfect!  Without much extra time and effort, I'm treating myself to some hygge-goodness . . . 

Right there at the gym!