I don’t know about you, but sometimes all I want to do is curl up in front of the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa and wait for spring to arrive. That said, I have two active children and a dog to walk, so we try to get out as much as possible in the winter, when the weather allows. It’s actually easier than you think to stay active in the winter! While the cold might be really uninviting, just remember to dress for the weather and you’ll enjoy the time spent outside.
- Get out for a Skate
I wouldn’t be Canadian if I didn’t tell you to strap on a pair of skates and go for a whirl! Thanks to our national love of hockey and everything that has to do with skating even the smallest towns have a rink that residents can enjoy. Failing that, there are always cleared ponds to skate on – and it just doesn’t get more Canadian than that!
- Take a Stroll
In the winter, walks become more of a cardio workout than a leisurely stroll around the block, especially if you choose a snowy path. We have to get the dog out anyway, so we are always taking a walk somewhere it seems, snow or not. Just be careful not to slip! Take your time and get out there, you won’t regret it.
Do you remember how much work it was sledding as a kid? Get out there on the hill and play with the kids, it will be a workout and a half! Just remember your helmet!
There are a lot of places that have snowshoe rentals in cities, such as your local city heritage center or park.
- Skiing or Snowboarding
Most cities have a ski hill or two really close by (or even in the city limits). It’s a fun way to spend the day. Don’t know how? Take a lesson or two and learn, even as an adult!
If you don’t have much snow on the ground, this is the perfect way to get in a huge walk and find a “treasure’ or two!