Winter provides a wonderful opportunity to get active and discover the great outdoors…or the great indoors if the cold isn’t your cup of hot chocolate!

Although many people tend to be less active in the winter that might change if they knew physical activity actually boosts the immune system. That makes it easier to fight colds and the flu. Being active can also helps combat depression, including Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a form of depression that some people live with, caused by lack of exposure to sunlight during the shorter winter days. Maintaining a health body weight is also easier when you are active.

What really helps people become and stay physically active all winter long is the pure enjoyment of it! Take a look at some of the winter activities that we have come up with…

Skiing and Snowboarding

Skiing and/or snowboarding is a really great way to stay active this winter! Do you live in a place with lots of snow and can’t seem to find a way to stay warm? Warm up on the slopes! Whether you have your own skis or snowboard that you will be taking with you or if you are going to rent from the equipment shop, you are bound to keep warm while keeping your body in motion, having TONS of fun and picking up a few new skills. Almost all ski resorts have trainers ready and willing to teach you a thing or two so whether you are a beginner or an experienced pro, why not give skiing or snowboarding a try?!

Tobogganing

Tobogganing is one of our great Canadian traditions! Pack up the family and head out to one of your favorite tobogganing hills whether it be in your backyard or a little journey away. Tobogganing can be an excellent way for children to stay active and enjoy the outdoors during the long winter months and will surely thrill both the young and the young at heart!

Snowshoeing

There is no better way to begin snowshoeing than just going and doing it. Take a risk, rent or buy a pair of snowshoes, dress for the elements and enjoy. However, that’s just a start – there is more to it than just taking a refreshing plunge in some snow. From the early wood-frame to the aluminum-frame models, snowshoeing has garnered quite a following throughout the world. Modern day snowshoeing is made up of casual snowshoers who hike trails for pleasure, the snowshoeing enthusiasts who trek through the backcountry, and the competitors who race. Find some trails and take an adventure!

Not a fan of the chilly winter weather or don’t live in a place with snow? Why not try out some of these indoor activities to stay active and warm?

Indoor Swimming

Many indoor swimming pools offer a wide variety of different activities for children, adults and families. Some of these activities include: public swimming for the whole family, aquafitness classes and swimming lessons. Indoor swimming can offer a temporary relief from the winter blues and provide a little summery escape.. And they do say swimming is the best kind of exercise!

Rock climbing

Do you want to scale Mount Kilimanjaro? Want to take a pic at the top of Mount Everest? Do you want a challenge for all ages while staying fit and active? There are many indoor rock climbing facilities up and coming in many areas and is something that can be enjoyed alone, with friends or with family and is equally enjoyable for all ages!

So many people think it is okay to pack on those extra holiday pounds or take the time off from eating healthy or from working out around the holidays. But what most people don’t realize is that doing all of these things makes it that much harder to get back into your regular routine after the holidays are over. Staying active and fit can be so simple and so fun that we really shouldn’t have an excuse to keep ourselves feeling good! Winter time is the most common time of the year for cold and flu symptoms so why not boost our immune systems and have some fun! And if you are looking for an extra boost, click HERE for some products to consider this winter season for boosting your immune system.

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