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Easy Ways to Stay Active in the Winter


Yesterday I woke up to an alert from my kids school, around 4:30am, letting me know that school was canceled for the day due to inclement weather. I live in Colorado where the weather can change as quickly as you can change your clothing. However, when I woke up I was met with at least six inches of snow on the ground. It is fair to say that winter has officially arrived. I'm all for hibernating during winter, just like a bear. Wrapping up in a nice warm blanket and never leaving my bed unless I absolutely have to, but I know I shouldn't. So how do I keep active in the winter? Well I have a few tips to share with you on how you, right along with me, can stay active this winter.


Have a Snowball Fight
Nothing cures the winter blues faster than a good old fashioned snowball fight. Gather family and friends to head outside into the great unknown as you collide in a full throttle snowball fight together. It’s sure to create some laughter and keep you active. When you're done, lay in the snow and make yourself some snow angels.

Pick Up A Winter Sport
You could become a skier, snowboarder or you can even snowshoe as a means to get active in the winter. If you haven’t tried any of these winter sports, make it a mission to start this year. Give each winter sport a try until you find one that works well for who you are.


Use Workout DVD’s
Head to your local retail shop and purchase some inexpensive workout DVD’s. Have a blast with this daily workout inside of your warm cozy home. It’s a great way to start your day so the winter blues don’t settle in.

Bundle up for a Walk
Take a nature walk at a local track that is setup for people to enjoy this activity during the winter season. The whole family can enjoy a weekly walk in the woods as they take in the change of season’s scenery.

Go Sledding
Just like gathering the family and friends up for a snowball fight, why not go sledding? Better yet, host a sledding party. Send out invitations and get those friends of yours out there on the sledding trails for some good old winter sledding.


Find an Indoor Pool
If you are looking for a memory of summer time, then why not find an indoor pool? Swimming is a great activity to do all year round, when you find the right location that is. Most recreational and community centers will know where an indoor pool can be found.

Don’t Discount Chores
Even doing daily household chores such as vacuuming and sweeping can be a mild activity that counts towards your daily exercise. Spend one day a week focused on indoor chores as a means to forget about the cold outside and get that home sparkly clean.

Shovel Snow
More than likely you'll have enough snow of your own to shovel your driveway. Instead of using the kids, you can do it yourself. You can also offer to shovel the snow off the driveway of your elderly neighbors who may need the help. This is also a great way for teens to make some extra money during the winter as well. When the next snow storm hits, get outside with the shovel and get to work clearing the driveway.


When attempting to do any of these as a means to stay active in the winter, please remember to dress appropriately. Be sure to check the weather report before attempting any outdoor activities. You do not want to get stuck in a snow storm on a mountaintop doing one of your winter sport. There are so many ways you can get active in the winter time, you just have to find the time to do so.

Annmarie John
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  1. We have a rec center in my town that has an inside walking track that is free to use & the place is just packed in the winter

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    1. We have one at the gym that I go to and it's usually crowded during the winter as well since everyone is indoors trying to get fit for the summer that's coming.

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  2. These are all great ideas. I think it's so important to be active, even in the winter months. That can be super hard, though.

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    1. It can be hard because you would prefer not to go out in the cold, but you've got to do it.

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  3. These are some great activities to do! I'm in Texas so we obviously don't get the snow, but I can totally relate to you in the sense of wanting to just wrap up in a blanket and stay in bed.

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    1. I was in Texas last December and even though there was no snow, I was surprised at how cold it was.

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  4. Boy do I know it lately! I like to exercise outside strictly, and generally I have more trouble with summer than winter, but when everything is caked on ice and slush, I run out of options!
    DVDs!
    And sledding! All that walking back uphill is insane for the body.
    Also - the local roller skating rink keeps me moving! (hi, I'm from the 80's)

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    1. DVD's has been my go to lately. I'm not one for sledding but we went ice-skating the other day and we had a lot of fun which included a lot of falling.

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  5. I'm horrible about staying active in general but especially during the winter because all I want to do is snuggle up in a giant fluffy blanket and drink my hot chocolate! And i say in my defense that my kids keep me active enough! ugh I'm so lazy! haha. I love these tips and I know I could be doing a lot of these too! I'm definitely going to do my best this winter to keep active!

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    1. Oh I know exactly how you feel, because, that is so me. I would prefer to stay inside in bed, but I know I gotta get in shape.

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  6. These are great tips and since I have 2 toddlers with me at home, this is very helpful. We actually bought a slide for them and put it inside the house so they can still move around this winter.

    Belle | www.OneAwesomeMomma.com

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    1. That's a great idea. My daughter loves going to the park still even in the winter and when the days are nice, we tend to go and have a bit of fun.

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  7. I live in MN, so I get to deal with lots of snow and cold in the winter too. In fact this week we have had windchills in the -25 degree range, so I have been hibernating. I struggle to stay active in the winter as I just don't do winter sports as often anymore. I need to make more of an effort!

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    1. OMGoodness, did you say -25°? I don't know what I'd do with myself if we had weather like that. Maybe this winter you can get back into some winter sports.

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  8. These are great ways to stay active during winter. It doesn't snow here in Florida, but I imagine shoveling snow would be a good workout.

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    1. Oh shoveling snow is a great workout but even without the snow, there are lots of ways for you to stay active, especially in Florida.

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  9. Great ideas for staying active! We actually joined a gym so that we can still work out when it's rainy or cold. I wish they had an indoor pool!

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    1. That would have been great! My gym actually has one and I plan on using it this winter.

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  10. I think finding an indoor pool is such a great idea. It's actually one of my favorite activities from the summer and I love being able to enjoy it during the winter too.

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    1. It's one of mine as well during the summer. I love water parks because they cool you down in the summer but a heated pool in the winter is amazing.

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  11. I do a lot of indoor exercise during the winter months. Usually an online video tutorial or some dancing on the Xbox works well.

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    1. When I played the Wii, I found it to be a good workout. I recently bought some videos to work out to and so far they've been great.

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  12. I am ALL about being active in the winter! I love shoveling snow (yes, I know... I am crazy!) but the crisp air and the newness of this activity are really fun to me!

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    1. OK I have never heard that one before, most people HATE shoveling snow. I am one of those person, but it is a good workout for sure.

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  13. Winter is rough to get some exercise especially when the kids have indoor recess at school too! They really don't get their wiggles out so anything helps!

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    1. When the weather is nice here, the kids get to go outdoors. My daughter prefers going outside than staying in, but you're right, any exercise helps.

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  14. Great ideas, girl! I love your suggestion to go sledding. It's fun for the kids AND a great workout!

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    1. Oh the kids thoroughly enjoy it and so do adults too. It's a lot of fun for everyone!

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  15. It doesn't matter what season it is, my family never slows down. We do a lot of sledding in the winter months.

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    1. Oh your family sounds very active indeed. That is awesome!

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  16. Our winter activities are to clean out all our closets and drawers! We do love the outdoors and getting fresh air too!

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    1. Hahaha that sounds a lot like spring cleaning which isn't that much of a workout unless you're lifting lots of boxes etc. The outdoors can be fun because the air is so much cleaner in the winter I find.

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  17. I admit I really dislike shoveling snow. But the thought of how many calories I am burning really fuels me through the chore!

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    1. You and me both! It doesn't matter how much calories I'm burning, I don't think I'll ever like it.

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  18. I've lived in Southern CA my whole life & have only seen snow once. It's so pretty to me but I don't think I'd do a very good job living in it :)

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    1. You never know until you try it. However, there are lots of activities that doesn't include snow that you can do during the winter months.

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  19. Shoveling is an awesome way to sneak in exercise in the winter. I have a gym membership and it keeps me accountable for staying active in the winter months. I figure if I'm paying, I better get the most for my money so I head in even when I don't feel like it.

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    1. You'd be surprised at how many people pay for gym memberships but never use it. You would think they wouldn't want to basically waste money, but they do.

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  20. This is such a big problem for me and I don't even live somewhere that gates a lot of snow. I just hate the cold weather and I love being comfy cozy on the sofa.

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    1. Oh you're not alone! I'm one of those who would prefer being comfy on the couch but I know that I need to get in shape so I get up and get out.

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  21. I'm all about reading a book with a coco in front of the fire during the winter. I hate going out, but I also need to so I do hot yoga but I've been debating on snowshoeing, seems like fun!

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    1. I've personally never been snowshoeing but have heard it's a lot of fun. Yoga works as well too.

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  22. Sledding was my favorite. It's one of the very few things I enjoyed about living in a cold state. :) This is an awesome list!

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    1. Sledding is amazing. I live in ski-country and haven't gone skiing yet. That is on my bucket list to do this winter.

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  23. These are amazing tips! We love enjoying some snow during winter. We'll surely try some of your tips here.

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    1. While I don't mind SOME snow, I just hate it when there's too much and you're stuck indoors with nothing to do. However, shoveling it the next day does make a good workout.

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  24. Those are all ways that I would have thought to stay active in the snow! I wished we lived somewhere that saw snow in any amount.

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    1. I'm assuming then that you don't get any at all? Well then you live in the perfect place. I'm not a fan of snow. However, winter isn't all about snow. You can still keep active even if there's no snow.

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  25. Swimming is such a good idea. My kids school has an indoor pool that is free so we love taking advantage of the free family swim times when we can! - Jeanine

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    1. There ya go! It's great to have a free indoor pool where you can relax during the cooler months.

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  26. It's crazy what a workout winter can be! Between hiking up snowy hills, sledding AND just getting in and out of winter gear, you can torch some serious calories!!!

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    1. Oh yes you sure can. I actually think you work out more during the summer than winter just by walking around.

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  27. I secretly wish school would be canceled because of 6 in of snow. Sadly, I'm in Canada we rarely (ever) get snow days. This winter we've been doing a lot of sledding. My daughter loves it!

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    1. Oh that happens a LOT in Colorado. You would think that a state known for it's skiing that they would know how to handle snow but unfortunately where we live, they don't.

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  28. These are some great tips.
    My husband can break a sweat while cleaning the house!

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    1. Hahaha sounds like he gets his workout cleaning up.

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  29. I really dislike winter here in Michigan. It just lasts too long. I much prefer winters back in Oklahoma LOL But one of the things to get through winter is to make the best of it. I am big on sledding, and snow mobiles!

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    1. That's like when I lived in NYC. I thought that it lasted way too long and couldn't wait for Spring to get here. You've just got to make the most of it.

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  30. We jut had a snowfall here, so the kids had a great snowball fight. Great exercise idea!

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    1. Great exercise and a lot of fun. Way to go kids!!

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  31. Going for a walk is something we like to do a lot. OF course, a snowball fight doesn't sound bad either!

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    1. Walking in the winter tends to warm me up and I'm going to be honest and say that I'm not a fan of snowball fights. My face, hands, etc gets cold, but I do it because the kids LOVE it.

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  32. I wish we had more snow on some winter days. Sometimes it's not enough to do the stuff we enjoy the most with is mostly sledding!

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    1. The kids love sledding and we get a good amount of snow here to do it. I'm a big fan of spring though. Can't wait for it to get here.

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  33. It is so hard to keep the whole family active in the winter. We are definitely going to use some of these ideas on snow days and weekends to keep from feeling stuck inside.

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    1. That's a great idea and I think the kids would love it.

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  34. I think it's so important to stay active and motivated in the winter. During Christmas I was still working out and so thankful I did. I love a stroll and being wrapped up warm!

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    1. I didn't exercise at all during the holidays and it's showing. Time for me to get back into the swing of things using my own tips.

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  35. Great ideas! It's important to stay active year round, regardless of the favorability of the weather. Florida has really unpredictable weather too. Two days ago, it was 80 degrees outside, and now it's 38!

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    1. 38° in Florida, I had no idea it even got that cold there. Wow! Well you know what to do to stay active.

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  36. These are such fun ideas! My kids had a blast shoveling snow this season. Granted it never really made any progress but they had so much fun!

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    1. When the kids are having fun in the snow, I just let them be. I'm sure they made at least a small dent in the snow for you.

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  37. These are great ideas and I can honestly say that I have been getting in a lot of snow shoveling cardio recently here in Colorado!

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    1. Oh you and me both. Where in Colorado are you? I know we got quite a bit here in the Springs, but up North I'm sure got a lot more.

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  38. I wish I could be more active these days!
    Oh wait! I actively eat and watch tv shows lol!

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    1. LOL, that's funny but I don't think that counts.

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  39. YES! all great tips, here in Chicago we probably do 90% of these...daily. lol

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    1. Then you're on your way to being very active there in Chi-town.

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  40. I would usually stay away from anything warm since exposing to both extremes might be more harmful but I'm tempted to get in a Jakuzzi whenever we're on a winter vacation.

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    1. Well since it's indoors you should be good. It's always best to cool down before doing anything.

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  41. I love to get outside and do the typical winter type sports - ice skating, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross country skiing. But, when it gets too cold, streaming a yoga workout works for us too! It was -13 this morning...too cold for me!

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    1. I'd much rather deal with the cold than what we had today. We had hurricane type winds that aren't dying down anytime soon but temps in the 60°. It's been a weird winter for sure.

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  42. All of these ideas sound so fun! I wish it snowed in Texas because I would love to go sledding.

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    1. Well you can always drive 2 states over to Colorado. Lots of snow here for you. :)

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  43. I'm loving these tips. Yes just being active and having fun while doing it is my favorite. It's been pouring these days and the kids have been in the house and it's hard. Maybe we will play in the garage today.

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    1. I can deal with the rain. Actually I love when it rain. Go outdoors and jump in some mud puddles, be a kid again!

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  44. These are excellent tips. We can so get caught up doing nothing when it's cold outside!

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