I perfectly understand if you would want to get yourself curled up in the sheets and hibernate for most parts of the winter. It’s a nice idea for sure but still doesn’t benefit you in any way if you are like me, a sportsperson. You know the winter doesn’t mean lazy, right?
Sports or staying fit doesn’t necessarily have to mean football or many of the popular outdoor sports you would usually engage in any other time except in the chilling ice-cold winter. But it doesn’t mean you have to get stuck up indoors doing nothing.
There are many alternatives to your favorite summer sports to engage in during winter, too, from expensive, to extensive, flashy, outdoor, and indoor but all fun. Just feel free to tweak and twist the winter to your advantage.
To help your lazy body get stretched and fit during the ice-cold weather, we’ve put together a list of sports activities you could actually engage in instead of waiting while the white walkers devour your summer toned body.
Fun Activities To Do In The Winter To Stay Fit
Ice skating is one of the most popular sportspeople tend to engage in during the winter period. Ice skating is merely an act of motion by the ice skates wearer to propel the participant across a sheet of ice.
While ice skating is very much popular as an Olympic sport, it doesn’t mean it has to remain in just the Olympics games.
Skating can be done on various surfaces, both indoors and outdoors, as well as on naturally occurring bodies of frozen water bodies in your backyard, such as ponds, lakes, and rivers.
So why not get a skating shoe for the winter and join up friends and strangers alike to keep fit while also having fun.
Remember to check if the ice is solid and safe to skate on the natural water bodies, like lakes and ponds.
The trick is to consider skating on a smaller water body than a larger one, as the former will freeze quickly.
What if I can’t skate? You must have asked if you can’t skate, why not ski?
Skiing is a winter sport and a recreational activity that involves merely an individual using skis to slide down the snow. Fun right?
There are many types of skiing, which includes the
- Alpine skiing (downhill skiing),
- The Norton skiing (cross country or jump skiing)
- and Telemark (ski turning or spinning).
Skiing can also be practiced indoors without snow, outdoors on grass, on dry ski slopes, with ski simulators, or with roller skis. A treadmill-like surface can also be used to enable skiing while staying in the same place. At the same time, Sand skiing involves sliding on sand instead of snow.
Much like skating, sledding is another popular and widely practiced winter sports. However, unlike the previously mentioned, sledding involves using a vehicle, usually called the sled, and carried out in a prone or seated position.
You don’t always have to engage in this if you can’t afford a sled, but if you can, then why not enjoy it in the fizzling, cold winter with your family.
Snowboarding was inspired by snow skating, skiing, sledding, and surfing. That doesn’t mean it’s any less fun than the rest of them.
Snowboarding means descending a snow-covered slope while standing on a snowboard.
It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just having a snowboard and a sloppy hill to slide down from will do the trick. Just don’t go sliding straight into your trash can for a start.
Did I hear you say climbing doesn’t count? Rock climbing is one of the most common and easy ways to keep yourself fit all winters without even having to worry about the snowboards or skate shoes or the fact you might get laughed at when you fall.
Rock climbing is as fun as it is refreshing and essential for body fitness. Besides being a full body and mind exercise, rock climbing also helps tremendously ton the upper human body.
It reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases, helps you burn those stubborn calories – a certain 3243 kilojoules per hour, and is regarded as natural strength training.
So don’t go around trying to hit people after rock climbing because you may have just gotten a lot stronger.
Scared of getting hit? Then this is probably not for you, but you don’t always have to get hit.
Boxing doesn’t always have to be in the ring with a professional hitting you hard on the ring floor.
Boxing isn’t affected by winter since it’s an indoor sport, and there are more things to do rather than just getting hit by someone.
A boxing gym is quite interesting, and at the very least engaging; you can go on punching bags if you don’t like getting hit or make good use of other facilities available in a boxing gym.
Worried about the weather or getting hit? Don’t count yourself out yet; this list of sports are just for you.
There are a few other activities you could engage in without having to experience the chilly wind.
- Table tennis: There is a reason why it’s called table tennis, and that’s because it’s played on a table and can be done indoors, so why not set one up or head to the tennis houses and get yourself active for the winter. Who knows what opportunities or challenges might present themselves at the tennis house.
- Indoor soccer: Remember when I said sports doesn’t have to be football? Maybe I was just a tad wrong about it. Many people forget football could actually be played indoors too, without having to worry about the climate and weather change. All you need is a little tweak or two in the rules, and you are good to go.
- Why not get some friends, get yourselves into groups, and continue your favorite football sports indoors.
- Basketball: Unlike most other professional sports, Basketball isn’t really affected by weather and climate change. All you have to do is drop into a nearby secure basketball center, get yourself heated up, have some fun, and burn some calories in the process.
- Dancing: Studies prove that dancing a couple of times actually improves the overall health and organ performance. Who knew your favorite dance move was a part of sporting or at least an exercise. Well, you know what you have to do then, turn up that volume of your favorite song and get your body moving for a fair share of time, and in the health department, you have just done half an hour’s worth of exercise.
- Indoor Cycling: Indoor cycling, according to health reports, help improve your cardiovascular endurance as well as mental strength. Indoor cycling isn’t as fun as the real deal, but it’s more than enough to keep you fit in the long run.
- Others: It doesn’t only have to be what you like. You can always get to like new things sometimes. There are many other activities out there to engage in like squash, trail running, Floor hockey, and more.
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