5 Tips for Staying Active During the Winter

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As someone who has lived in colder climates the majority of her life, I know that you absolutely can not hibernate as soon as the temperature changes. If you do, it makes for a very, very long 3,4,5 or 6 months. Or if you are really unlucky, longer than that.

This past weekend, we saw snow and the lowest temperatures of the season so far (9 degrees on Saturday morning!). I’ll be keeping these tips in mind all season long. And hoping that the Farmer’s Almanac is way off in predicting a harsh winter!

5 Tips for Staying Active During Winter

1. Change your mind – I really don’t like being cold. And I really don’t like the gray skies. Or the lack of color that winter brings. Instead of thinking of the negative aspects of winter, I’m thinking of what I LIKE about winter – hot cocoa around the fireplace, building snowmen, snowshoeing and snowboarding. Attitude is everything.

2. Be a kid again – Since having kids, I’ve had to remember how to play. And since my kids love the snow, play usually happens outside. We use beach toys to make snow castles or head to the nearest hill for sledding. Last year, during every snowstorm, Ron would use the snow blower to make a big tower in the backyard. He then sculpted a “castle” complete with a snow slide. We spent hours everyday playing on it all winter long.

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3. Learn a new sport – If you live in an area that gets snow, make this year the year to learn how to ski (downhill or cross country), snowshoe or ice skate if you don’t already know how.

4. Cross train – If you always run, now is the perfect time to mix it up. Try a spinning, yoga or Pilates class. Hit the weights. Maybe you want to try Cross Fit. Work on your core strength and other stabilizer muscles so you’ll be ready for Spring racing season. I’m planning on putting Target C9 gear to good use as I focus on getting back to my yoga mat.

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5. Set a goal – I’ve got a big goal to work towards this winter with the Boston Marathon coming up in April. Winter marathon training is definitely not easy. There are lots of obstacles that can get in the way of training. But keeping my eye on the prize will keep me focused even if that means logging more miles on the treadmill than outside. But if the weather gods are reading, I’d really like for this to be a super marvelous, mild winter. K? Thanks!


What’s your best way to stay active as the seasons change?

30 comments on “5 Tips for Staying Active During the Winter

  1. YES! It’s all in the attitude when it comes to winter. Right now, I’m loving it because it’s a welcome change but, come March I know I’ll be singing a different tune! The boys really got into skiing last winter so I’m hoping to up their game (and get some time on my board!) this season with some ski/lesson packages at near-by mountains. I can’t wait!
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    1. Over the weekend, I took my sweet time getting out the door for a run in 15 degrees. I was not looking forward to it at all. But I did and it wasn’t bad at all especially with the sun out.

    1. That is exactly the reason why I learned to ski/snowboard when I was younger. It was a good activity to get out, have fun and stay sane during the long winter.

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