6 Wildly Fun Ways To Exercise Outdoors In The Winter

by Isabel Thottam

Finding the time and energy to exercise can be tough for some people – and in the winter, it can feel impossible to do (after all, it's cold out there!). But if your yearly resolution is to get in shape and be more healthy, you’re not going to accomplish it by sitting inside on the couch during the cold winter months. Here are some fun ways to exercise outdoors, despite the cold:

1. If it’s Snowing, Go Outside and Play!

When you were a kid, you begged your parents to let you go outside and run around in the snow. But as adults, we’d rather sit in and binge watch Netflix shows. If running three miles in the snow sounds too cold, considering bundling up in all your snow gear and simply going out to have some fun! Whether it’s sledding, building a snowman or having a snowball fight, getting out and moving in the snow will actually help you burn some calories and get a nice sweat in.

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2. Swim Indoors.

Getting to the gym can be tough, especially when you know it means sitting on a bike or running on a treadmill indoors, which doesn’t sound fun to someone who would rather exercise outdoors. But if your gym has a pool, the winter is a good time to use it! Swimming laps works your entire body so you can get a full body workout in just by swimming. Talk about a better alternative than running around in the cold!

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3. Go Skiing or Snowboarding.

Whether or not you live near the mountains (or even know how to ski) consider taking a ski trip or learning how to ski this year. Both skiing and snowboarding are great outdoor winter sports that will work new muscles on your body. If you’re bored of the same old exercise routines and feel stagnant in the winter, it’s the perfect time to learn a new sport and find a new way to get moving during the cold season.

4. Go Snow Tubing.

This is a great way to exercise outdoor because it requires a lot of movement and heavy lifting. Not only is it fun, but it’s a great way to exercise outside in the winter. When you go tubing, you get to slide down a hill in a tube. So where's the workout? It comes in when you have to walk back up that same hill, carrying your tube while layered up in winter clothes. After a few runs, you’ll be feeling the burn.

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5. Give Ice Skating a Try.

Even if you’re not good on your feet, consider giving ice skating a try in the winter as a new way to exercise! Once you get the hang of it, you’ll find yourself zipping around the rink and trust us, it’s way more fun than running on ice.

6. Join a Running Group.

We get it, we get it: Running outside in the winter is not fun and it’s hard to convince yourself to get bundled up to do so. But running outdoors in the winter is a whole lot easier if you do it with friends or other people inspired to get movin'. A local running group will give you the support and inspiration you need to get outside and exercise in the winter, so if running is your preferred exercise routine, this might be your best bet.

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