5 Winter Activities That Promote Healthy Living
The weather outside is frightful and the fire might be delightful but that is no reason to stay inside this winter. Rather than hibernating in your home until the spring, take part in new and exciting activities to keep you active during the cold winter months. Here’s how to get the most out of your New Year while reaping the benefits of an active, healthy lifestyle!
Winter weather activities are endless—weather permitting!
In the Northeast, below freezing nights are of abundance while snowflakes are out of sight. Winter activities should not be put on hold if snow fails to fall. When you think the cold has the best of you and you begin to count the days until the warmer months, remember that warmth can be achieved with a few extra layers!
If you are looking for something fun to do this winter, take part in the following activities with the company of friends and family but remember to dress for the cold. Any great activity can become miserable if the cold gets the best of you. Burn calories, relieve stress and enjoy the great outdoors. The winter is almost over, what are you waiting for?
- Take Advantage of Online Offerings: Make use of special deals and promotions in your area: Do you live close to a small town that you are unfamiliar with or a city with an endless amount of activities? If you have a place of interest in mind that you have yet to visit, venture out and see what you’ve been missing. Sites like Groupon and Living Social have group discounts and fun activities that can be enjoyed for less. There’s nothing better than finding a great deal online!
- Visit State Lands: If you are looking for a weekend getaway, visit your states department of environmental conservation page. Here you will find a guide to outdoor activities for any time of year. Visiting state lands will ensure a unique trip at an affordable cost. Though each state forest is different, winter activities likely include: skiing, fishing, hunting, dog sledding and miles of trails for cross country skiing and snowmobiling.
- The Winter Equivalent to a Summer Hike: Cross country skiing and snowshoeing are adventurous activities and are much easier to learn than skiing or snowboarding on a vertical slope. If you are looking for a safe family activity or want to enjoy an adventurous, out-of-the-ordinary date, cross country skiing and snowshoeing are the winter equivalents to a summer hike. The terrain is endless with these two sports and can be done on a snow covered lake or a mountain trail.
- Ice Fishing: Finding a place to ice fish might be the first obstacle at hand if this is something that interests you. Have no fear! Your states department of environmental conservation website will house a variety of nearby public lakes in surrounding counties along with tips to keep you safe on the ice. Gear up and get ready to catch the big one but don’t forget to bring the appropriate fishing license!
- Skating: Fortunately for those interested in ice skating without waiting for the perfect conditions can find a nearby rink for open skating. Gather a group of friends and play a game of ice hockey. Make sure to dress appropriate for indoor ice skating. Believe it or not, the indoor rink can be just as cold!
Remaining active throughout the year will aid in habits that promote heart health now and in the future. At the Long Island Heart Associates, we encourage individuals to lead and live a happy and healthy life through daily exercise—the more enjoyable, the better! If you have questions about your heart health, contact a New York cardiology associate today!
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