Going into hibernation mode is oh so tempting. The colder the weather gets, the less we want to go outside. It makes sense. And of course, staying inside all cozy and warm snuggled up with some tea is one of the best ways to unwind during the cold season. But this doesn’t mean you can’t keep active during your spare time.
Another reason to stay healthy this winter is that we live the great white north! And this year marks Canada’s 150th birthday, which gives us all the more reason to stay active and celebrate in a way that embraces the true heritage of Canada.
Take a look at some ways you can stay active this winter.
Most cities have a local ice rink, so make sure you get out those skates and take advantage this winter! Ice skating is great cardio and a fun activity to do with family or friends.
Another great way to get that cardio workout in. Find a snow-covered field and try jogging or running in laps. Ice usually doesn’t form on grass so it is safe to run on a grassed area. But if it makes you feel more comfortable, you can do this during or after a fresh snowfall. Also, if you want to take it up a notch, throw some walking lunges into those laps. Just make sure you dress warm!
This snow sport is an amazing way to stay in shape, but it does require more skill than the other alternatives. If you aren’t familiar with skiing or snowboarding, don’t fret it! There are many training classes and smaller hills available to practice on – which is still great exercise.
Who would have thought such a fun activity can also be a way to stay active! Tobogganing should not be undermined. Walking uphill, especially in the snow, is great cardio and melts mega calories. This is also the perfect way to have some family time while keeping everyone active.
It might be time to second guess that dreaded task. Shoveling snow is actually great exercise, as you are working your arms to move the snow and your legs to lift. It really is a whole body workout. So grab your shovel and don’t be afraid to take ownership of this chore!
Like these ideas? Vote for your favourite activities on Participation’s “150 Playlist” to help get Canadians moving on the 150th birthday! Challenge yourself and your friends to participate in as many activities as possible through out the year and be entered to win amazing prizes such as a new car, or a trip to Whistler! Over 100 events will be taking place across Canada to give everyone a chance to stay active, and try some great activities. Make sure you vote now and help us change these stats!