How to stay active this winter

 

With the temperatures dropping and the snow here to stay, this can be a tough season to keep up an active lifestyle.

If you’re looking for ideas to help you stick to your wellness goals this winter, we’ve got you covered. These activities will get you out of the house, and get you moving, too. And who knows? You might even have some fun along the way.

Skating

Would it be an Ottawa winter without a skate on the canal? Skating is an ideal outdoor activity to help you keep your body in tip top shape during the colder months. Requiring both strength and aerobic fitness, regular trips down the world’s longest skating rink are a fantastic form of exercise. Plus, on days when the canal is closed, you can visit one of the many refrigerated outdoor rinks around the city to enjoy some ice time.

Winter hiking

Believe it or not, hiking isn’t exclusively a summer activity. In fact, winter can be a fantastic time to check out picturesque views and enjoy extraordinary natural wonders like snow covered cliffs and frozen waterfalls. Just be sure to wear a boot with a good strong tread!

Tobogganing

Let out your inner child with this timeless winter pastime. Thanks to the hills involved, an afternoon of sledding I more than just a fun activity for the whole family to enjoy together—it’s also an excellent workout. What better way to combat winter boredom?

Snowshoeing 

If you haven’t tried snowshoeing before, you’re missing out on a truly one-of-a-kind outdoor adventure. Considered one of the original winter sports, it’s a great new skill to master this winter. Plus, snowshoeing actually burns more calories per hour than running, so you don’t have to feel guilty for skipping the treadmill.

Cross country skiing

Not only is cross country skiing a great way to get out in nature, but it’s a stellar workout. Get your cardio in while enjoying the quiet beauty of the ski trails in and around the city.

Fat bike

If you’re a cyclist, or you’re simply interested in experimenting with a new activity, trying out a fat bike should be at the top of your list. The wider tires enable riders to enjoy all the benefits of cycling in the winter without worrying about slippage. Try renting a fat bike with friends in the city or take one out for a spin on the trails in Gatineau Park for added adventure.

Indoor workouts

For many of us, a winter workout will never be in the cards. If you prefer to hibernate at this time of year rather than face the unforgiving elements, don’t be afraid to opt for an indoor workout routine that fits your lifestyle. This season is a great time to find a new virtual workout class you love, or finally make use of that stationary bike in your basement. 

Remember, as long as you’re moving your body, there is no wrong way to stay active.

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