Seasons greetings, my fellow fit friends! Coming at you live from my couch with my cat Albus in my lap and a giant mug of salted caramel hot chocolate to my right. Man, I absolutely LOVE this time of year. I’m living in Ohio right now (my husband Chase is attending dental school at The Ohio State University), and we just had our first snowfall. It was absolutely magical. 🙂 I LOVE the snow! I’m a Utah girl and my husband is from Alberta, Canada, so, we share an inherent love of that fluffy white stuff. We’re dying being away from our huge, gorgeous rocky mountain range, though. Not going to lie. This photo was taken in Waterton National Park, Alberta Canada — just 20 minutes from my in-laws’ home! (aka where I’ll be spending Christmas in less than a few weeks!!! To say we’re pumped for a magical white Christmas in our beloved Canadia is an understatement!!! Also maple syrup + ketchup potato chips for dayyzzzzz)
With so many family and friends hanging around this holiday season — it’s the perfect time to grab ’em all for some fun times outdoors! Don’t be afraid to bundle + layer up to brave the chill (I mean, unless this doesn’t apply to you cause you’re hangin’ in Florida or somewhere warm… in that case, just continue on with your biking/running in your shorts and disregard the first part of this post! Haha!). Plus once you get moving and get that blood pumping a bit, you’ll be accustomed to the elements. I’m sharing with you five of my favorite outdoor winter (exercise-ish) activities. I use the term “exercise-ish” because some are probably more in the traditional “workout” category than others.
Of COURSE I had to start with my all-time favorite outdoor winter activity. I know I know. I’m too predictable. But if you’re scared of trail-running or winter running in general — check out my last post on tips for running in the elements! You’ve got this. So even though I don’t have my beloved mountains with me, I still have access to plenty of beautiful metro park trails to get my trail-running fix.
2. Skiing or Snowboarding.
Again, this one may depend on where you are and if you have access to a resort nearby or not — but skiing and snowboarding are FANTASTIC workouts! Not to mention incredibly fun!! (That is, if you can get past the practically-fracturing-your-tail-bone-from-falling-on-your-booty-a-million-times-while-learning-to-snowboard part, at least. *Ahem* ME!! I definitely had a purple/blue rear end for a few weeks when I was first learning. OUCH.) Plus, you can’t beat the scenery. Get outside and EMBRACE the winter and all it has to offer.
Okay okay, don’t laugh. Hear me out here. Just think for a second about how sledding works. You are wearing layers of winter gear and heavy-duty snow boots to stay cozy and dry, you jump on a piece of plastic and head down a huge hill… then what? You have to head on back up that hill, don’t cha? That’s going to take some work! Especially if you’re pulling behind you a sled full of children, too! You’re facing up some serious incline, people. Then you just turn right back around and do it all over again. And again. And again. This is a type of exercise that’s FUN and you probably won’t even really constitute as a workout. BUT — it totally is! Sneaky.
That’s what I’m doing in the picture above. A good pair of snow shoes will be well-worth the price you pay! You can trek around and explore many areas you otherwise wouldn’t have access to! **Cue image of yourself trudging slowly and miserably through piles of snow as it leaks into your boots** It’s kind of amazing. If you don’t want to buy a pair, you can snowshoe rentals are available all over the place! Some outdoor/recreational stores, your local university REC department, resort..etc.
5. Ice Skating.
Yep. Here’s another one you may be rolling your eyes at. But it’s definitely a workout! Depending on how serious you take your ice skating excursions — it’s probably going to just be somewhat of a light cardio exercise. But, that heart rate of yours is going to be up higher than when you’re just chillin’ on the couch sippin’ hot chocolate (ME!) nonetheless. Throw a little bit of speed in there –I mean, if your skill-levels allow — and you just did your cardio for the day. WHILE holding that cute certain someone’s hand with Christmas music playing the background. Can’t beat that.
You can snag my December Workout Jamz playlist HERE on spotify, or just scan through these songs and give a few a try. I personally love a mix between hip-hop, pop + some EDM. SO. If that’s up your alley this may just be perfect for you! Or, pick and choose a few and add ’em to your own mix. FYI — I have the clean versions on my spotify playlists, so be sure to avoid any possible explicit versions if you’re listening elsewhere. 🙂
Lighthouse – Andrelli Remix // Hearts & Colors
Nobody’s Better (feat. Fetty Wap) // Z, Fetty Wap
All of Me (Feat. Logic, ROZES) // Big Gigantic, Logic
Ain’t My Fault – R3hab Remix // Zara Larsson
Puttin’ in Work // E-40
Here it is // Chris Brown + Flo Rida
The Mack // Nevada, Mark Morrison, Fetty Wap
The Best Crew – Leeyou & Danceey Remix // Tep No, Leeyou & Danceey
Ride Out // Kid Ink, Tyga, Wale, YG, Rich Homie Quan
Anywhere // Dillon Francis, Will Heard
In My Room (feat. Ty Dolla $ign & Tyga) // DJ Mustard, Yellow Claw, Tyga, Ty Dolla $ign
Keep it Mello (feat. Omar Link) // Marshmello, Omar Linx
Don’t Let Me Down – Illenium Remix // The Chainsmokers
Starboy — The Weeknd, Daft Punk
Now & Later // Sage the Gemini
I’m Good // The Mowgli’s
Thanks for reading, friends! So much love for all you people who read through to the end. 🙂 If there’s something in particular you’d like me to write about — let me know! I LOVE getting input on what type of content you are interested in. Alright, I gotta go. Albus is looking at me sleepily and I think it’s time I join him in the land of the zzzzzzzz’s.