For most, fitness comes easy in the summer months. The sun is shining, the weather is warm and the days are long. The conditions are perfect for running, swimming, biking, hiking and pretty much any other outdoor activity one could ask for. We have reached January and are far from these beautiful summer months and the days are short and a little less inviting. And with the right gear and attitude, you can find a variety of fun activities to help keep you feeling great during these winter months.
It all starts with having the right gear and being comfortable. If you head outside in the frigid weather without proper attire, you won’t last long. Winter is all about layers. Start off with a good base layer. You will want it to be snug and help wick sweat from the skin. Once you have a base layer get your middle layer ready. This layer is all about insulation. Try using wool or fleece (the temperature will determine how thick you need it). Last, prepare your outer layer. You want your outer layer to protect you from the wind and snow (or rain), so wind and water resistant will be best.
Once you are outfitted comfortably, you can get outside and try some of the activities below.
Walk or Run
Just because its cold and snowy doesn’t mean you can’t go for a walk or run, but it does mean you need to be careful. Be sure to grab a pair of shoes or boots with solid traction and watch for ice. Want to take it to the next level? Find a fresh snow covered field and run some sprints.
No, sledding isn’t just for kids. Hop on your favorite tube and slide on down that hill. Enjoy the ride down because it’s your break. You will get a great workout climbing back up that hill in between rides.
Snowshoe, Snowboard, or Ski
If you are looking for a real adventure, get out for some backcountry snowshoeing. Not only will you get to experience the beauty of nature but you will complete an excellent workout. Want to take it to the next level? Strap your skis or snowboard on your back and enjoy some backcountry skiing or boarding while you are out there.
Not only is this necessary when it snows, but it is an excellent workout. You can keep the path clear and help keep your body in shape all at the same time.
Take it Inside
Not a fan of the cold but want to stay in shape? Take your workouts inside. You can join a gym, enroll in some fitness classes, join an indoor sports team, turn your favorite tunes on and dance or work up a sweat with a home HIIT workout.
No matter what you do this winter, be sure to move your body. If you are ready to take your workouts to the next level turn to EDGE for proper fuel and nutrition.