If you tend to fall out of sync with your usually dedicated fitness routines in winter, you’re not alone. There are many ways to keep that fitness candle lit burning brightly all through the season. Also, how you go about winter exercising can make a big difference in your motivation and comfort level. So, let’s take a look at some fun winter activities you can take part in either alone or with your whole family:
- Snowshoeing – Looking for a wonderful workout that really works those leg and core muscles? Look no further than snowshoeing. It is scenic, peaceful and can easily be an activity you do with friends. Snowshoes range from very affordable to high-end, or you can find some lightly used ones in your local buy-and-sell. It is an easy exercise to do with others, as it is nice and slow-paced and you don't have to stick to the narrow road.
- Skating – Skating is an excellent winter workout for parents and children alike. Skating can be a competitive event or just for fun. You can figure skate, speed skate, skate in winter sports like hockey, or just for leisure! It can be a great winter fitness activity for the whole family or to do with a friend. So, find a safe iced-over pond or outdoors rink, grab your helmet and lace up for one of the most fun ways to exercise around!
- Pond hockey – similar to the well-known sport ice hockey, pond hockey has less rules and regulations and can take place on any (safely) iced-over body of water. Hockey is a vigorous workout that utilizes most of your body. All you need is warm clothes, skates, a puck, a couple make-shift nets and a group of friends (or family) and you’re off to the races.
- Skiing – Perhaps one of the potentially more dangerous winter activities on the list, skiing can be lots of fun when practiced safely. Cross-country skiing is much less risky than downhill skiing, but both can make for fun and intense workouts that several people can do together.
- Shoveling snow – This one may sound silly (and perhaps more like a chore than activity), but the fact of the matter is that you can burn nearly 400 calories in just an hour of shoveling snow. Sign me up today!
- Tobogganing – one of the most exhilarating winter sports around is tobogganing. Sure, you won’t burn many calories on the way down the hill but every walk back up to the top of the steep incline will surely work that bod. Again, it is important to practice sledding safety while tobogganing such as only doing so on a safe, certified hill where there are no obstacles, debris or trees that can hinder your ride.
- Or you can take the party indoors: Are you simply not a fan of the cold? There are plenty of great indoors options that can keep you fit year-round such as:
- Invest in a personal exercise machine like a stationary bike or elliptical (you can always find half-off sales if you browse enough flyers, or just buy a used one online for fraction of the price).
- Bite the bullet and joining a local gym until it warms up outside.
- Hit up your local swimming indoor pool on the regular.
- Try purchasing a yoga or Pilates workout DVD or invest in an interactive sports game like Wii Fit.
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, stay healthy and happy this winter!