With the subzero temperatures and snow pummeling much of the nation, it may encourage you to stay cooped up at home with low activity (in the Midwest, we call this hibernating for winter!). In certain situations, it may be TOO cold to be outside, but that’s no excuse to be inactive the whole day. Here are five of our favorite winter activities to keep you moving, both indoors and out!
Go ice skating. Not only does this activity get you up and moving, but you can make it a social outing as well. During the winter months many cities and towns set up ice rinks, and the only payment is a skate rental. If you live in a city such as Chicago, investing in a pair of ice skates can be a great investment for free skating all winter long!
Climb stairs. Opt for the stairs versus the elevator in your building or workplace, even if it’s only a day or two out of the week. This doesn’t require you to go anywhere else and can help get you moving and add some extra cardio to your day.
Go skiing or snowboarding. Take a weekend trip or go for a day, and get out to enjoy the snow. Not only is skiing and snowboarding a fun winter activity, but it’s also a great workout too! This also lets you get outside and enjoy some fresh air after being cooped up inside.
Join a class. Many health clubs and gyms offer classes at affordable rates (class passes or a free/discounted first class are very common). There are many varieties, anything from kickboxing and HIIT to yoga and pilates, visit your local club to see what choices you have!
Walk around the mall or museum. If it’s too cold to go outside and get active go somewhere to walk around such as a mall or a museum. Not only can you get some shopping done or if you need the exercise walking around the mall and people watching is an excellent alternative to sitting on the couch. Want something more interesting? Go to a museum; maybe there’s a new exhibit or a new artist that you’ve meant to see. Here in Chicago, we have plenty of options! The Adler Planetarium, Field Museum, and the Lincoln Park Conservatory or Garfield Park Conservatory (which is a great way to get some humidity, oxygen, and warmth) are some of our favorites! Not only is this a great way to get those steps in but you may be able to check something off of your bucket list close to home.
So the next time it starts to snow or drops below zero (we hate those wind chills too!), think of this list! Getting up and moving doesn’t have to be boring, dull, or a summer-only activity–keep these in mind this winter.