Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean that it’s time to hibernate. Instead, it’s time to mix up your fitness routine with some winter sports and have fun too. But if you think that winter sports stop at skiing and snowboarding, you’re far mistaken. Let’s take a look at the most fun winter activities out there – and some you won’t even need any equipment for.
Why exercise in winter?
But before we get into what’s the best sport for you in winter, let us convince you why it’s so worth it to get out there and get moving. Here are the top 3 reasons to keep moving those muscles despite the cold temperatures.
1.You exercise more efficiently
Because of the cold weather, your body doesn’t have to work as hard or spend as much energy as you would do in summer. This means you can complete your activity more efficiently. You sweat less, spend less energy, and your heart doesn’t have to work as hard.
2.You can burn more fat
That cold weather is a great fat-burner. By exercising in chillier temperatures, your body can transform white fat – that which is around your belly and thighs – into brown fat, which burns calories quicker.
3.Top-up on that vitamin D
It might not seem like it right now, but that sun is shining and that means you get a little bit of vitamin D. Not only will this keep your body healthy, it’s good for your mind too. Sunlight and exercise will help keep seasonal affective disorder or the winter blues at bay.
Best winter sports to try right now
Now that you know why winter exercise is so good for you let’s find out what activities are out there. These are the best ones to try right now.
Zero prep is required for this fun activity. Just get on your winter woollies, grab a pair of waterproof gloves and get out there. Make sure you bring a friend along too. Prepare your pile of snowballs and get throwing. But there’s no winners and losers in this game. The aim is pure fun.
Sledding or tubing
Get your heart pumping with a thrilling ride down a local hill or slope. You can use a sleigh, tubbing, or even an old piece of cardboard. Or get creative and create your own homemade sleigh. As you walk up the hill, you’ll work those leg muscles, too, giving your body a great workout. But! Be careful to make sure you complete this activity in a safe place away from trees and other elements you could crash into.
Whether you’re a complete beginner clinging to the edges or a total pro who is ready for “Dancing on Ice,” ice skating is a great sport for the body and soul. Keeping your balance works muscles all over the body, and you’ll have some laughs too as you try to keep on your feet. What could be more fun!
No, we’re not kidding with this one. Icy winter swimming can be a great sport to reinvigorate the body. Coldwater swimming has been known to boost the immune system, releases endorphins in the body, and improve your circulation. Find a safe place to go swimming and get in there. But, if you’re not used to cold water, make sure you take your time and remember to get warmed up afterward, too.
Ah! There is nothing better than getting out there in the fresh winter air. A wilderness hike could be just what the doctor ordered. As you tread through the snow, you’ll work your leg and heart muscles. The fresh atmosphere will boost your mood too. So, get on those hiking shoes and get moving.
Do you wanna build a snowman? Em, YES! This winter classic is not only fun, but it’s also good exercise too! As you roll those snowballs into a snowbody, you work out your own muscles along the way. Make that snowman as big as can be. He should be eye-catching after all, and don’t forget the carrot for the nose.
Skiing and snowboarding are winter classics for a reason. Both are great activities to get your heart pumping and muscles working. As you speed down a hill or across the landscape, you engage your balance and work your body. Which to choose? Well, that’s up to you. Both are perfect for working out your body, and they’re fun too.
If you like ice-skating, this one is for you. Get the adrenalin pumping as you play one of the most fun winter sports out there. You may need a companion or two to play with, so make sure you can safely socially distance or play within your bubble. All you need to do is grab your ice skates, a hockey stick and puck and get going. Can't safely social distance? Then you can hone your skills on your own until the time is right.