It is hard to “get up and go” in the wintertime, when all you want to do is snuggle up on the couch with some hot coco and a good book. Trust me, I’ve been there! But sitting around all winter is not what you want to do. Here are 4 winter activities that are so much fun, and will also give you a good workout.
Winter is the perfect time to go ice skating! There are indoor rinks, outdoor rinks, and if you are lucky like me, it will rain for 2 days, freeze, then you have your own rink in the backyard! Ice skating is both fun and a great way to exercise. It is a great workout for your legs! If you are in the Grand Rapids, MI area, my favorite places to go ice skating is Rosa Parks Circle and Patterson Ice Center.
Skiing is a thrill and a great way to burn calories. According to Harvard Medical School a 155 lb. person burns 233 calories in just 30 minutes of downhill skiing! If you don’t know how to ski, I suggest getting an instructor the first time, or go with someone who already knows how to ski, so they can give you some pointers. Cannonsburg is a great place to ski in Grand Rapids, and they have great student discounts!
If you love to hike, and don’t want to be slowed down by the winter months, snow shoeing is perfect for you! Snow shoeing is a fun, low impact, exercise that is great for burning calories. The bonus of snow shoeing is that you can to enjoy the beauty of the the snow that is all around you! Grand Rapids has some great trails and parks which are perfect for snow shoeing!
Wait, sledding isn’t only for kids? Of course not! Throw a couple sleds is your trunk and head to the hills. Believe it or not, this is a great exercise. Remember how tired you get when you walk up the hill? That is some serious cardio work! Put that together with the thrill of sledding down the hill, and you have yourself a fun filled afternoon! There are a ton of sledding hills in Grand Rapids, so be sure to check them out.