Words:: Corry Bondini
4 Ways to get Outdoors This Winter
The cooler temperatures and short days scare people away from getting outdoors during this time of the year. Of course, it is always tempting to stay inside, curl up with a blanket and spend your day watching Netflix, however, some fresh air is always great for the mind and body. I find myself getting creative in the winter on ways I can get outside for some exercise. Here are four activities that I enjoy doing in the winter. Hopefully they will inspire you to get outside as well!
Cross-Country skiing whether it be classic or skating is a challenging cardio and full body workout, and that’s why I love it! With the constant movement it is easy to stay warm and it is the perfect activity to keep your fitness goals on track throughout the winter. The great thing about cross-country skiing is that you can go out for a quick lunch-break ski or you can enjoy a full day of it. Many cross-country ski networks also offer night skiing so you can still get out despite those short days.
Snowshoeing is a great chance to fully immerse yourself in a winter wonderland. I love snowshoe trails because they often bring you to some really beautiful places. There are a huge number of snowshoe trails to take advantage of which means that you’ll never get bored of the same trails. If you’re feeling like a cardio blast you can even try jogging in your snowshoes.
Skating is always a fun activity and one that I often forget about. I feel like most people who live in a winter environment have a pair of skates kicking around in your garage, so if you’re looking for something fun to do outside this winter you may want to dust off that pair and get out on the ice.
I might be a bit biased because I live in a ski resort, but downhill skiing is definitely my favourite winter activity. Investing in a season pass to your local ski hill will be motivation enough to get yourself out there as often as you can. With such variety from deep powder days to cruising down groomers I never get sick of downhill skiing. Plus, all the turns keep my legs in great shape for when it’s summer time again.