10 ways to avoid winter hibernationOur region is deep into the winter deep freeze, so most of us spend much of these days hibernating indoors. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
By: Laura Devine, areavoices.com blogger, INFORUM
Our region is deep into the winter deep freeze, so most of us spend much of these days hibernating indoors.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
I have compiled a list of my top 10 suggestions on how to keep you and your family active during these cold winter months. I’ve also included an estimated number of calories burned when doing the activities below for one hour, as that might help motivate you! Enjoy!
1. Sledding – No matter how old you are, sledding is always fun. And climbing back up those hills is a great posterior and calorie burner. So bundle up and hit the hills. (350+/hour)
2. Downhill skiing – Don’t enjoy downhill skiing? Take a lesson. Knowing what you are doing always makes it more enjoyable! (300+/hour)
3. Cross-country skiing – You get to see some of the area’s most beautiful and peaceful places while cross-country skiing in Minnesota or North Dakota. More competitive? Start training for a race like the City of Lakes Loppet in Minneapolis this February. (450+/hour)
4. Ice-skating or indoor roller-skating – Skating can bring back wonderful childhood memories and help build new ones for your kids. So rent a pair of skates and hit the ice. Remember, if you don’t like the cold, there are also indoor skating options. Or you can forget the ice and just go indoor roller-skating with your significant other or the family. (350+/hour)
5. Snowshoeing – Enjoy much of the same experience as cross-county skiing but without the worry about falling over; just walk. (400+/hour)
6. Dancing – Turn off the TV and dance! You’ll be surprised how much fun it is to get off the couch and dust off those old dance moves with the family. Need more motivation? Sign up for a ballroom dancing class with your sweetie. (250+/hour)
7. Swimming – This is a great activity to do by yourself or with friends and family. Not a good swimmer? Sign up for a lesson or two so you feel more comfortable in the water. (450+/hour)
8. Shoveling – Park the snowblower and do it the old-fashioned way. Give the kids a shovel, too, and make it a family affair. (300+/hour)
9. Go rock climbing (indoors, of course!) – Among the Fargo-Moorhead locations with climbing walls are the YMCA-Schlossman Branch at 4243 19th Ave. in Fargo, the North Dakota State University Wellness Center at 1402 18th St. N. and the Minnesota State University Moorhead Wellness Center at 805 14th St. S. (450+/hour)
10. Get a workout from a trainer to do at home – If you are one of those people who doesn’t like to leave your house unless you have to during the winter, try working out in the comfort of your own home. Be sure to get a personalized workout from a trainer so you are making the most of your time. (350+/hour)
Note: All the calories burned above are just estimates and will vary depending on age, weight and intensity.
Laura Devine owns Real Fit Workout Studio in Cottage Grove, Minn. She is a personal trainer and group fitness instructor, certified through the American Council on Exercise. She blogs at stayingfitandhealthy.areavoices.com.