Heat Things Up With Winter Workouts
Hibernating isn’t going to burn any calories but it can be hard to stay active when the weather turns cold. Thankfully, Columbia Outwear has you covered.
Their new fall line packs some serious heat for the active winter adventurer and trying new activities is the first step in staying healthy!
As a serious mountain girl myself, I am always on the lookout for fun new ways to stay active and even better gear to keep me warm and dry while adventuring.
Here Are 5 ways to remain active when the winter chill sets in!
A snowfall might derail your daily run but who says you can’t still get outside and get in a workout? Sledding is an amazing workout disguised as fun. Grab your Minx Shorty Boots, a sled, and a friend and hit the nearest hill. Hiking up the hills is a great aerobic workout!
Winter is the perfect time to hit the trails! The crowds are gone and you won’t need to battle unbearable heat. It might feel chilly at the trailhead but your body will generate heat after a few minutes of walking.
Don’t forget that the trails might be snowy or muddy so [roper shoes are important for winter hikes. I opted for the Women’s Minx Short Omni-Heat Herrington Boots. The waterproof suede and textile upper is lined with thermal reflective dots, trimmed with faux fur, and set atop an ultra-traction outsole that kept me warm and dry.
There’s no cooler way to get fit than by carving down a mountain on a board. You’ll burn an entire pound in a day and your abs, butt, and thighs will get stronger and sexier.
Snowboarding is one of the most physically demanding of all winter sports. Riding for extended periods will allow you to increase your heart rate and get your blood flowing. Due to the physical demands of turns and maneuvers, the average recreational snowboarder burns around 450 calories an hour.
I recommend the Women’s Platinum 860 Turbodown Down Jacket to keep warm when shredding the mountain. The combination of 60g Omni-Heat® synthetic insulation and 800-fill goose down means 860 TD of ultimate lightweight warmth and heat retention, even when wet. The rich, water-resistant shell fabric has a lovely sheen, and the clean, flattering design will take you from mountain to street with ease.
Bet you didn’t know that ice-skating could burn 400 calories per hour! Most cities will put up an outdoor rink during the chilly winter months so make sure you take advantage. Ice-skating is easy on the joints because it’s low impact and it improves your balance and coordination. Zooming around on the ice – whether indoors or out – is a fantastic way to embrace winter and get some exercise at the same time.
At the end of a long winter day there is no better way to warm up than with hot yoga (also known at Bikram yoga.) While yoga is a physically challenging workout, with each pose demanding your flexibility, strength and balance, the benefits include more lean muscle mass, greater flexibility, and core strength. Be sure to layer up on your way to class!
What is your favorite way to stay active in the winter?
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Columbia through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Columbia outerwear, all opinions are my own.