Winter weather isn’t always inviting. Sure, a select few get excited when the snow falls, and they can hit the slopes, but skiing isn’t always the most accessible or inviting sport.
Call me crazy, but barrelling down a tree-lined hill isn’t yanking me from the safety of my home.
But other activities will.
It’s important to stay active during the winter to promote heart health. Heart attacks increase in the winter, and it’s likely that part of that has to do with limited exercise.
The weather can also play a factor because cold weather causes blood vessels to contract. Therefore, it’s essential to dress warmly whenever you head outside.
Here are a few winter activities that might help you stay active this winter:
Snowshoeing can be great fun and can be done almost anywhere. You can take them to a local park or your nearest wooded area for a nature walk, or you can use them during or following a fresh snowfall in your neighborhood.
It’s much like snowshoeing, but on skis. It’s more physically demanding, so remember to pace yourself.
If you don’t want to get outdoors, you can find indoor activities at your local community center. Hopefully, your community has vaccine mandates for participants and building entry to reduce the risk of COVID-19. Pickleball is a sport that’s kind of a cross between table tennis, tennis, and badminton.
You can also purchase a good pair of boots and a warm coat and start running your errands on foot. Getting outside during the winter can be fun and exhilarating if you’re dressed for it. You can also catch a bit of a buzz from the holiday energy.