Top 5 Activities to Replace Gaming During the Winter

One of the reasons why you justify gaming during the winter is that it’s too cold to go outside, so you have “nothing better to do.” Especially if you don’t have a car.

Here are the top five activities to replace gaming during the winter:

So instead of being at home and being bored all day, you might as well game. Plus, gaming isn’t any worse than just sitting around watching TV or mindlessly browsing the internet.

Sound familiar?

But the truth is, we all know that is bullshit. There are millions of people out there in the world right now who don’t game and manage to do just fine during the winter months.

So no, just because it’s winter that does not mean you can justify gaming. To help you, here are the five activities I would recommend for you to try:

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1. Programming/Web Design

In the last six weeks I’ve made $2,250 building websites for my friend. Who wouldn’t want an extra two thousand dollars right now? By developing your skills in programming and web design, you too can create these kind of opportunities for yourself. Check out

2. Cooking

In the video on five things I wish I had done differently when I was 18 years old, I shared how I wish I had learned more about diet and nutrition sooner, because of the impact it had on my health – my energy, my acne, etc.

In the winter months, learning how to cook is a fantastic skill to develop. Every person on the planet needs to eat, and knowing how to cook means you can provide value to any person out there. How many other skills are that universal? Plus, it will help your dating life. 😉 Check out the 4 Hour Chef by Tim Ferriss (affiliate link)

3. Yoga

As a gamer you’ve spent a ton of time sitting in a chair with poor posture gaming your heart away. This has major health implications. (Just read this.)

Yoga is a great way to stretch and release the tension in your body. Plus it helps you reconnect with your body (something you haven’t been doing when you’re just numbing yourself with games) and yoga teaches you mindfulness – an important skill to develop in your life – especially after you quit gaming.

4. Reading

What better time than the winter to catch up on your reading list. If you need ideas, here are the five books I recommend for you that will help you quit gaming.

5. Music Production

You may not have a guitar or other instrument to play, but if you’re reading this you have a computer and that gives you the opportunity to learn more about music production.

My friend Cam Heathman (also known as Otter Point) was a gamer who played over eight hours a day. After he quit he took up music production and now he has songs signed to record labels and he DJs at clubs. I recently interviewed him as a bonus for Respawn v4. You can listen to it for free here.

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Bonus: Still not sure what to do during the winter?

Take the Game Quitters Challenge, which is a 30-day challenge intentionally designed to help you develop skills like courage, discipline, social skills and much more.

A big part of the challenge is about finding time in your life to do the things that are important. The guide Cam provides helps you do that. I wouldn’t turn down this opportunity. His challenge is worth making the time for, especially if you are trying to replace video games.

If you’re curious, you can download a sample of the Challenge here. (scroll down midway)

I hope that helps. Remember, gaming was just an activity, so it doesn’t matter what time of the year it is, in order to successfully move on you need to intentionally choose new activities to replace gaming with.

What activities are you going to replace gaming with this winter? Share your answer in the comments below.

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