Winter weather can provide a whole new list of excuses for not working out. If it isn’t the cold or inclement winter weather, it’s the hectic nature of the holiday season. Perhaps the winter brings the busy season at your workplace? Whatever the obstacles, there are still plenty of ways to stay fit during the winter season, and some of them are quite fun and festive. Here are eight winter-themed ways to stay fit even when the weather outside is frightful:
- Cross-Country Skiing: If the trails are covered with snow, skip the downhill skiing and rent a pair of cross country skis for the day. After a few minutes, you won’t even feel the winter cold. You’ll burn tons of calories and enjoy the beauty of pristine snow and views out in nature.
- Snow Shoveling: You have to clear snow anyway, and it counts toward your daily caloric burn. Skip the snow blower, grab the shovel and do it the old fashioned way for a fantastic upper body and cardiovascular workout.
- Ice Skating: Indoor or out, ice skating offers tremendous fitness benefits in a fun, festive and family-friendly activity. You’ll burn calories while toning your glutes and legs and also strengthening your core. What’s not to love?
- Snowshoeing: Like cross-country skiing, snowshoeing offers a way to take a winter hike even on snow-covered trails. Best of all, you’ll burn far more calories trudging through snow than if you were just hiking on a clear trail. Consider buying snowshoes used or renting a pair for the day to give it a try.
- Snow Sledding: While sledding is traditionally a kids’ activity, your children will love it if you join them on the sledding slope for the afternoon. Dragging the sled up the hill will burn quite a few calories, and you get the reward of whizzing down the snow-covered slope each time.
- Snowball Fight: A good old fashioned snowball fight can burn calories and be a lot of fun. Why not take advantage of the winter snow to have it out (in a friendly way) with family or friends?
- Join a Gym: If working out in the cold just isn’t for you, consider joining a gym. You’ll get to work out indoors and stay on track with your fitness plans, goals, and programs.
- Holiday Shopping: Holiday shopping can double as a workout if you put a spring in your step. Walk briskly in the mall and from store to store; make sure to park as far away as possible in the parking lot so that you’ll get even more walking in during your shopping outings. Avoid escalators and elevators and take the stairs. You’re guaranteed to feel the burn and combat the extra calories we all seem to consume during the holidays.
The winter season can mean more excuses for staying in where it’s warm and not working out, but you can flip the script this year. Use these eight winter fitness activities to stay fit and take full advantage of the winter season.