As the nights get colder and winter slowly approaches, some people find themselves in a workout rut. It suddenly becomes harder to go for a walk or a bike ride and we have to put more thought into our daily exercise routines. As this time of year approaches, I find myself making a plan to ensure I am well prepared to continue my active lifestyle throughout the winter months. I have put together a list of six activities that I find myself turning to in the colder months - and the great thing is you can usually find them in your own neighborhood!
1. Hot Yoga
I must admit my absolute favourite activity is hot yoga. Hot yoga can of course be practiced year-round and is beneficial to your mental and physical well-being. Yoga studios usually offer monthly memberships allowing you to take part in unlimited classes, so grab a mat and a bottle of water and give it a try!
Skating is a fun activity that can be enjoyed with the entire family for a little to no cost. With plenty of public skating rinks around, this is one of the most accessible activities that is great for your cardiovascular health.
3. Gym Membership
This one might seem a bit obvious and the gym isn’t for everyone, but nowadays gyms are offering tons of classes that are included in the price of your monthly membership. With a large variety of classes, there’s something for everyone.
Hiking is excellent exercise, and with so many accessible trails, it’s easy to do. Find a place with great scenery, dress in layers, and even bring your dog along. Before setting out on a hike, make sure the conditions are safe and that it’s not too icy or too cold.
Sledding is one of the most exciting winter activities and it is great exercise. Once you go down the hill, you must go back up, making this a fantastic workout to enjoy with the whole family – and once again…it’s free!
6. Yard Work
Whether you have to rake the leaves or shovel the driveway, yard work is great exercise and, well…it has to be done sooner or later. Why not think of it as an opportunity to get fit?
Whichever activity interests you, it’s important to get out there and do it. Try to avoid becoming a hermit and staying indoors as this can lead to weight gain, low energy, and can even contribute to the winter blues. Just because it’s a bit chilly outside doesn’t mean that there aren’t fun activities to try alone or with your family and friends!