As we dig out from yet another snow storm, it’s getting pretty discouraging trying to run around here! Snow drifts are high, temps are frigid, and it’s crazy windy (we live right near the water). I haven’t been running outside mainly because I am worried about sharing the road with drivers who are navigating narrow streets, slippery conditions, and may or may not be distracted looking at all of the snow!
The good thing is that (aside from running on the treadmill), there are other activities that you can do in this crazy weather to get some fresh air, stay sane, AND get in a good workout. Here are some options for cross-training in the snow:
- Snow shoveling: Enough said. We have had SO much snow in the last 30 days–there is no shortage of snow shoveling to be done.
- Sledding: You can have a blast flying down the hill, and then get your workout hiking back uphill (bonus points for hauling your kids up too!).
- Cross Country Skiing: Cross country skiing is an AWESOME cardio workout. In fact, it probably ranks as one of the best aerobic workouts you can do. I actually prefer cross-country skiing to downhill, because I stay a lot warmer! It’s a great way to feel like you’re trail or cross-country running, even when it’s too snowy and temps are really low.
- Snowshoeing: Like cross-country skiing, snowshoeing is a great way to get in a solid cardio workout. If you get smaller snow shoes, you can really mimic the running gait.
- Building a snow fort: Or snowman, tunnel, or whatever snow structure suits your fancy. Playing with (or without) the kids is a great way to try to enjoy the snow and stay warm outside. Walking through deep snow will help exercise your legs as you build.
- Ice Skating: A few days ago, you could have ice skated down my driveway! Seriously though, ice skating is a great way to get in some cardio and work other leg muscles you didn’t know you had! It’s great for giving a good workout to your gluteal muscles and thighs.