Living in Maine, we can’t really avoid winter. It seems like most people fall into one of two categories, those who love the cold and snow and those who just really don’t. It’s easy to want to stay inside and be warm and cozy all winter! But as the days start getting a little longer you might start getting antsy and ready to brave the outdoors for some snowy adventures.
It’s important to stay active and keep our bodies moving even when the weather is less than ideal. One of my favorite things to do on a snowy day is snowshoe or x-country ski around my neighborhood before the sidewalks are plowed! Local parks (like Deering Oaks or the Eastern and Western Proms) and the Portland Trails system are also great places to ski and snowshoe after a fresh coat of snow. Try thinking outside of the box! Places that don’t seem very exciting can be a whole lot prettier after it snows.
Try a new sport! I started downhill skiing in the last few years after a brief hiatus and now I feel like I really have something to look forward to when winter starts. Even if you haven’t skied or snowboarded before, it’s easy to take a beginners class and even rent equipment if you aren’t sure you want to invest quite yet. Not only will you get a great workout, you’ll also get to enjoy some beautiful mountain top views. One of my favorite places is Shawnee Peak, just a little over an hour away from Portland.
As always, it’s important to get regularly adjusted to keep yourself feeling good and also prepared for the inevitable slips and falls that come with wintertime activities and sports. Wear lots of layers, stay warm, remember to stretch, and most important HAVE FUN!