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. So far this winter has been pretty mild so it’s easy to get outside for walks and hikes, but I’m sure more snow is just around the corner….why not get excited for it?!
It’s important to stay active and keep our bodies moving even when the weather is less than ideal, especially during these COVID times, when outdoor exercise is the safest option. 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 love downhill skiing and it makes me 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.
Even just taking a winter walk can be a great way to socialize and visit with friends outside of your bubble. I’ve been doing weekly walks with friends this winter and it’s a great way to get some exercise and also stay connected. You can see our blog post from a few weeks ago on great ways to stay warm when the temperature drops so you can stay outside longer and enjoy it more.
As always, it’s important to get regularly adjusted to keep yourself feeling good, keep your immune system boosted and also be 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!