By: Jessica Lee
Everyday in the summer, you will find me walking to yoga class, hiking at a national park, going on picnics, begging friends to invite me to their pool, or roadtripping to a nearby beach. Once it hits November and the weather dips below 60 degrees, I hole up in my house and don’t come out until May. It’s been like this every year. I just hate the cold! My attitude towards winter has gotten so bad that my new year’s resolution is to stop hibernating and get active this winter. I’ve thought up some simple ways that I am going to try to get outdoors!
Check the Weather
From November to May I automatically think that it’s too cold to go outdoors. But just a few weeks ago, in the middle of December, it was in the upper 60’s! If I had known, I would have brought my hiking boots, and gone for a quick hike after work. I have a really bad habit of not checking the weather, so I always miss the random days that actually are nice out. With good weather few and far between in the winter months, I’m going to frequently check the weather forecast so that I can take advantage of the good days!
Try a Winter Sport
Plan a weekend trip to try a new winter sport! Skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling – maybe even just sledding! Winter is no time to be lazy. Save some money, bring some friends, and go to a ski resort, or rent some snowshoes! I haven’t been snowshoeing since high school – I remember having such a good time! Now I just have to convince some friends to go with me…
So many towns have outdoor skating rinks in their town center. They are usually decorated with lights and provide hot chocolate or other wintertime goodies. If you’re anything like me (pout when you have to wear a coat, loudly complain that it’s too cold, sleep with at least three blankets, etc.), you will opt to go ice skating indoors. Look online at rinks in your area, check for public skating times, rent some ice skates, and have some fun! If you’ve never been before, a lot of rinks have equipment for you to hold onto so that you won’t fall!
Okay. This is the one I don’t want to write, because I can already feel my toes freezing at the thought of it. Even if it’s cold, bundle up, and go for a quick walk around the block! Ugh. Now that I said it, that means I have to do it, too. But really. Winter makes me so lazy, and it doesn’t have to. I have plenty of sweaters and scarves that I can bundle up with. Especially if you live near parks or gardens, they really are so pretty during the wintertime - take a romantic winter stroll!
Enjoying the outdoors doesn’t have to be confined to summertime. My resolution is to use these tips to get me out of the house this winter. If there are any other wintertime activities that you love, feel free to list them in the comments below!