The thought of exercising outside in winter is not exactly appealing to me… I am not a fan of the cold. However, it is more appealing to me than the idea of going to a gym. In an attempt to motivate myself, I’ve made a list of 5 ways I want to get outside and exercise this winter. Not only is the exercise clearly good for you, but the fresh air and time spent in natural sunlight can do wonders for your mental well-being.
Take A Hike
Get bundled up in your coziest sweater and hiking boots, and go hiking! It doesn’t even have to be a strenuous hike, as long as you’re getting your heart rate up. Last winter I hiked Overlook Mountain in Woodstock and it was one of the most beautiful experiences – just challenging enough but also not so challenging that I couldn’t enjoy it and stop to take photos along the way :). The reward of reaching your hike’s destination is also an exhilarating feeling.
Believe me, I don’t necessarily jump at the idea of getting up in the morning and going for a run, especially when it’s freezing outside. But if you think about it, once you’re running you start to warm up, and it’s much more comfortable than running in the sweltering heat of summer (which can be incredibly taxing for your body). Running in winter is a great way to combat any potential holiday weight gain and the scenery is also much more beautiful than staring at a wall or TV while on the treadmill!
Ski Or Snowboard
Head on up to the closest mountain for a day of skiing or snowboarding – or better yet, make a weekend of it! I’m going to the Poconos in February for a weekend with friends and I can’t wait. I don’t consider myself a skier or a snowboarder but I’m willing to try! Not only is it great exercise, but you’ll have fun doing it.
Walk Your Dog
Take your dog for a nice long walk! Or, if you don’t have a dog, join a friend who does :). Romp around in the snow with them and you’ll be out of breath in no time – plus, your dog will love you for it!
Play in the Snow
Playing in the snow is a great way to burn calories and get your heart rate up! Have a snowball fight, make snow angels, and go sledding with friends. The best part of that long climb back up the hill is getting to come back down again :).
What’s your favorite way to exercise outside in winter?
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