When it's winter, most of the time you just want to stay indoors and warm yourself by the crackling fire. But it's important that you keep fit even during this cold season. If you exercise your butt off for the rest of the year, there's no reason to slack off just because it's winter. Here are some winter activities to keep you fit and buff during the cold season:
You don't have to be a sports buff in order to snowshoe. Some serious trekking can get your leg muscles going as well as increase your heart rate. Be sure to get at least 30 minutes of snowshoeing as a replacement for your regular cardiovascular exercise. In order to motivate you, get your family and friends in on the action. The time will simply fly by in each other's company. Check out the nearest parks and recreation area to see if there are trails where you can rent snowshoes.
For people who want more activity, cross-country skiing fits the bill. It can be a low-intensity activity. You can strap on your skis and head to the nearest park. Glory in the feeling of being outside, and check out the winter scenery. Or, if you're up for a challenge and you have the skill, go for cross-country skiing Olympic champion style. Look for a tough course that will test your mettle.
Who says that you have to run indoors when it's winter? If you don't want to go to the gym, or you don't like running on a treadmill, running outdoors is a great option. Make sure to go over your planned route by car first, if possible, and note any slick spots. You might also have to tone it down a notch, as running too fast might cause you to slip. Look for a safe place to run – this can be in a large neighborhood or in a quiet park or forest. Always make sure that someone knows where you're running.
Most people see it as a tiresome chore, but shoveling snow can actually provide you with much-needed exercise. Make sure to bend your legs, not your back, so that you'll avoid the risk of back injury. If you're feeling generous, you might even offer to shovel your neighbor's driveway. They are sure to be very grateful. They might even return the favor.
For those looking for an adrenalin rush, downhill skiing is the way to go. You should make sure however that you have the proper equipment and that you know what you're doing. Strap on your skis and head to the nearest ski resort. If you're a beginner, you should definitely stick to the bunny slopes. You can try the more advances slopes later, when you've got more experience under your belt.
In recent years, snowboarding has become a popular sport for the young and the young at heart. Skiers may grumble, but snowboarders know that there's an exceptional thrill to be had with a good ride.
With all the things that you can do outside, there's no excuse to be lazy, even if it is winter. So get out there and enjoy!