5 Ways To Stay Active In The Winter

One of the most challenging things about the wintertime, is that it can be very difficult to stay active. The days are much shorter and the weather conditions are not always ideal to get outside and be busy. I definitely struggle with the lack of sunlight and also not having enough time in the day to get outdoors because it gets dark so early.  In the summertime, there are more ways to be active like hiking, biking and camping. than there are during the winter months. I am all about finding ways to be more active, so here are a few ways to either get outdoors or be active inside during the winter.

Ice fishing in 2014

Winter Sports– Most areas get snow or snow can be found within driving distance. When we lived in New Mexico, we rarely got snow at all, but if we drove for an hour, we could cross the state line into Colorado, that had more than enough. Some winter sports include downhill or cross country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and ice fishing. If these are not regular activities for you, no problem. Most ski areas provide classes for skiing and snowboarding and rentals.  In areas where snowshoeing and ice fishing are popular, you can usually find equipment for rent.

Skiing 2017

We are a little thrifty, so we only go skiing and snowboarding once or twice per season and get either coupon cards or BOGO offers for passes. I have bought most of our equipment second-hand or on clearance. Because we only go ice-fishing once a year, we often rent out an auger and don’t even bother with an ice hut. Ice skating is also very popular, inside and outside. My kids grow so fast that I just rent skates. Check out this blog post for great ways to save on outdoor gear 5 Ways To Save On Outdoor Gear.

Besides the more traditional winter sports, there are some pretty unique ones too,  that I’ve only either heard about or have only seen on featured during the W inter Olympics. I would really love to try the sport of curling, you know that weird one with the ice and the stones you slide across it and it also involves a wiper, whatever that is. The closest curling opportunity for me would be about an hours drive away and is on my bucket list. And have you ever heard of skijoring or ‘joring which can include dogs, but in Montana we like to use horses because we do live in cowboy country? Apparently Montana hosts the Nationals every year. Check out this video Montana TV Episode 23.

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Have you tried dog sledding or bobsledding? What about snowmobiling or is that even considered a sport? And also in Montana, apparently ice-climbing and winter mountain biking are a thing too. Bearfoot Theory has a great article on some of these activities.

Play in The Snow– There is nothing like getting outside and playing in the snow. The kids like to go sledding or hooky-bobbing (sledding behind an ATV, I have also heard the term skitching used to describe this activity). Build a snowman, have a snowball fight or even build a snow fort. Go sledding!!!! Many resort areas have either free or affordable sledding hills and provide tubes or sleds. You can improvise too!

Ice Unicorn Sculpture 2013

Indoor Gym or Swimming Pool– Try exercising at the gym. Or, if you are like me and do not care for the gym, try taking yourself and the kids to an indoor pool. Most areas have indoor swimming pools, or if you are lucky like me, there are hot springs nearby that have swimming pools too.

Dance or Exercise Class– Instead of working out at a gym, how about trying an exercise or dancing class? There are lots of different kinds of classes out there such as Tai-chi, Yoga, Zumba, Oula, Salsa or ballroom dancing, square dancing, spinning, pilates… What about joining a martial arts or self-defense class like Karate, Tai Kwan Do or Capoeira? Maybe you would prefer Krav Maga if that is your type of thing? Boxing can be fun too. Some classes can be fairly affordable and if you are just trying it, a lot of the times you can get your first class free. Some classes can also be found for free at local community centers. Try downloading a video from online or streaming such as Youtube, Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu which can also be free, or just a few dollars.

Take a Walk– Just because it is cold outside, that does not mean you can not go for a walk. Just be mindful about ice and snow. Ice can be really dangerous and it seems like a fall on ice is so much more worse than just tripping over something. Some schools or arenas will let you take a walk inside after hours. I remember my mom going up to the gym to walk in the evenings when I was a kid.

Do not let the weather keep you from getting outside or being active. Be outside with no limits! If you decide to go outdoors, be prepared. Remember to stay warm and hydrated. If you plan on participating in winter sports, heed avalanche warnings and be aware of the weather conditions. What activities do you like to do in the winter time?


  • janice sisemore

    5 years agoReply

    If you are active you can have a lot of fun in the snow

  • Kimberly

    5 years agoReply

    It’s so hard to get motivated to spend time outdoors in the winter! Great tips!

  • Melissa Parcel

    5 years agoReply

    We are fortunate to have very temperate (but wet) winters here. Although the mountains and snow are not too far away!

    • admin

      5 years agoReply

      When we lived in New Mexico we would just spend the day in Colorado

  • Lisa

    5 years agoReply

    Fantastic ideas! We live in the Pacific Northwest, so it can get a little dreary and gloomy in the window. I’ve found, though, that if I just get outside despite the weather, my mood generally lifts!

  • shana

    5 years agoReply

    Great tips for time outdoors! I live in SE Texas… it rains all the time!

  • Katie Mitchell

    5 years agoReply

    My fiance and I love taking walks. I do have to admit, though. We have neglected them more as the weather has gotten cooler.

  • Laura

    5 years agoReply

    I’ll such great ideas! And oh what fun! Happy holidays!

  • Jennifer Morrison

    5 years agoReply

    These are such great reminders. We had just realized that we were not getting out enough. So, my Son is buying my granddaughter a bike for Christmas so she reminds us regularly we should all go out to the park!

  • Kathryn at QuestFor47

    5 years agoReply

    Yes! I don’t live anywhere that it gets too cold, but I know it’s so important to keep active, especially in those winter months. Fortunately, going to the gym clearly isn’t your only option!

  • Tricia Snow

    5 years agoReply

    It is definitely important to get into the sun during the winter for the Vit D!

  • Hollysbirdnest.com

    5 years agoReply

    I am lucky to live in Arizona! It is really easy to stay active here all year round! Love your blog!!

  • Rosanna

    5 years agoReply

    Staying active is important to your health no matter what age! Thanks for sharing these ideas!

  • Dennis

    5 years agoReply

    Great ideas! Winter can be one of the best times to enjoy the outdoors if you just know how.

  • Katie

    5 years agoReply

    I love snow days!! It’s easy to feel like snow is a bother, but a good afternoon playing in it puts things back in perspective!

  • Flor

    5 years agoReply

    We don’t have snow down here, but it’s still hard to get active in the chilly weather! I love the idea of the dance class

  • T.M. Brown

    5 years agoReply

    Soooo glad we moved south because I could not do much in the winter air up north. I would do stuff inside the house, but not out. Too cold for me. Now that we are in the south, I spend more time walking in the winter and participating in various activities outside. Great post, though!! Great tips for those who live in the colder regions.

  • Robin

    5 years agoReply

    Thanks for the great ideas! I’m so tired of winter. I cant wait to live where its warm all the time!

    • admin

      5 years agoReply

      I livedfor 16 years in places with no winter. I like winter, but I love warmth and sunshine too.

  • Nicki

    5 years agoReply

    I love this! My daughter and I make a “bucket list” for summer and winter. It gives us something to look forward to. There are lots of fun things to do in the winter.

  • Kirsten

    5 years agoReply

    Great tips!! I don’t exercise much in the winter. I need to do better!!

  • Pints, Pounds, and Pâté

    5 years agoReply

    I love these tips! Walking is my normal form of exercise, so I always struggle a bit in the winter, but you’re so right – no reason I can’t still get out there!

  • Morgan

    5 years agoReply

    Love to ski – my parents started young with my brother and I and I plan to do the same with my kiddos. Nice list!

  • Deanna

    5 years agoReply

    These are great ideas to stay active during the winter! I’m looking to take an indoor exercise class and I love to get out and walk.

  • Chevy Takes The Mic

    5 years agoReply

    I don’t experience winter often but whenever I do I make certain that I go for a walk regularly.

  • Beth Shields

    4 years agoReply

    Great activities. Grew up in the snow but not so much now. Looks like fun activities – ice fishing for sure.

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