When the weather outside is frightful, your couch probably looks pretty delightful. There’s nothing wrong with occasionally — or even regularly — curling up with a good book and a hot cup of tea in front of a roaring fire, as long as it’s not the only thing you do this winter. Maintaining regular activity all year round is crucial to keep you fit and healthy.
So before you commit to full hibernation mode, check out this list of ideas for winter activities below. Not only are they a great way to make winter more fun, but they’re sure to keep your mind engaged and your blood pumping.
Whether you have kids or not, sledding is a great way to get outside into nature and moving — and other than the cost of the sled, it’s completely free! Dragging your sled up the hill for another run is both a great form of aerobic exercise and strength training. Walking uphill tones and strengthens your glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps, and calves — the steeper the incline of the slope, the better the workout! Strength training also increases your bone density, improves flexibility and balance, and protects your joints from injuries.
If you’re looking to get a workout at your own pace, snowshoeing is a great option. Not only is it an exceptional cardiovascular workout (you can burn up to 1,000 calories per hour!), but it also allows you to build endurance, strength, and agility. Getting away from it all and connecting with nature can also have profound impacts on your mental health. No snowshoes, no problem! Many outdoor companies offer snowshoe rentals, so you can give it a try without buying your own.
What winter activity list is complete without ice skating? Skating works nearly every muscle group in the body, and gliding requires synchronized leg movement, which helps develop joint flexibility. It’s also great for building leg and abdominal muscles. Like any aerobic activity, it’s great for cardiovascular health because it gets blood pumping and your heart rate up. If you’re looking for more of a challenge, check out figure skating classes or ice hockey to level up this fun winter activity.
If you’ve got something more daring in mind, give skiing or snowboarding a try. Both of these winter staples are excellent cardiovascular exercises that strengthen the heart. But they’re also weight-bearing exercises, so they strengthen your bones as they tone your muscles. Many ski shops and lodges offer rentals, so you can try skiing or snowboarding without making a huge financial commitment. Just be sure to wear a helmet and other protective gear to avoid head injuries!
At Firefly, we want to provide you with the insights and tools you need to stay active, engaged, and living your best life. When you live your healthiest life, you can achieve more personal goals and enjoy the world to the fullest. If you need help creating a fitness plan, turn to your care team today. You can do that right now through the Firefly app. Not a member yet? Let’s get you set up. Just click below to sign up now or call (855) 869-9284.