Outdoor Winter Exercises For Every Fitness Level
This time of year is a wonderful time to strap up those skates and head to your local outdoor ice rink! Many outdoor rinks offer open skating at designated days and times of the week. Don't own a pair of skates? No problem. Most even offer temporary skate rental. Ice skating is an excellent way to improve your balance and enjoy a nice cardiovascular workout in the process.
What better time to hit the slopes? Whether you prefer skiing or snowboarding, there's sure to be a ski resort within driving distance of your home—especially if you live towards the northern part of the country. Visit for a day trip or make a weekend out of it. Either way, you'll enjoy a calorie-burning workout while building both upper and lower body strength as well!
If a trip to an area ski resort isn't feasible, why not enjoy some good old-fashioned sledding? All you need is a cheap plastic sled (which you can easily find at your local grocery store this time of year) and a hill with some snow! This is a great family activity that'll get everybody moving and burning calories in the process. Plus, dragging that sled up the hill makes for a great leg and upper body workout. The reward? Getting to slide down the hill and feel the wind blow through your hair!
On days when there's simply too much snow outside to go for a stroll around your neighborhood, snowshoeing is the way to go. With a pair of snow shoes, nothing can stop you from getting on-foot and you can take as many untraveled paths as you wish. Snowshoeing is a wonderful lower body workout and also gets the heart pumping as you make your way through the snow, making it a great form cardiovascular exercise.
When all else fails and you don't necessarily want to leave the house, you can still get a solid workout in by gathering some friends or family members in the yard for an old-fashioned snowball fight. Split up into teams, or make it a free-for-all! Either way, it'll get you moving and burning those calories while having a blast in the process.
As you can see, there are many ways to get some exercise outside, even during the cold and snowy months of the year. So the next time you see snow in the forecast, be sure to choose or more of these activities and get moving! You'll thank yourself when swimsuit season rolls back around in a few months.