8 Ways to Get Active in Northeast Ohio This Winter

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It’s no secret that Northeast Ohio has some cold, icy, windy, and snowy winters but that’s no excuse to let your fitness go to waste. Use the cold weather to change up your workouts and try something new. Choose an activity that is fun so you will look forward to doing it.

1.) Try Cross Country skiing at Chapin Forest, The Holden Arboretum or Mill Creek.

This is one of my favorite winter activities for runners and you don’t have to be an experienced skier! Cross Country skiing is a great cross training workout, works your stamina as well as a good sweat.

Skiing - Jessica McCartney

2.) Downhill Skiing at Boston Mills Brandywine.

Relax on the way up and burn calories working your way back down. The time slips away when you are skiing but your quads will be strong when you are done.

3.) Try a new fitness class indoors.

Barre classes and spinning classes are popular and there are multiple locations available to take these classes. A 60 minute barre class will leave your legs shaking and a 60 minute spinning class will leave you drenched in sweat.

4.) Head to the hills and go sledding.  

It’s basically a hill workout in disguise whether you walk or run up the sled hill, you will have a good workout. Sledding for 30 minutes can burn over 200 calories.

5.) Another winter activity that you can do both indoors and out is ice skating.

Ice Skating - Jessica McCartney

Outdoors you can head to Wade Park or Lock 3.

6.) Hike the gorgeous snow covered trails in the winter, even better if you are the first one to make footprints in the snow.

If it is too slippery then give snowshoeing a try. Snowshoeing is a great workout and you can rent shoes at the Cleveland Metroparks or Lake Metroparks. I like to think that snowshoeing is putting all that gliding on the elliptical to good use.

7.) What better way to warm up in the cold winter temps than with Hot Yoga?

It may be 20 degrees outside but you can head to a yoga class where you can enjoy 100 degree temps. I promise you it is a good workout and not as hot as it sounds.

8.) Even if it is snowing  you can still run!

You have two options, head inside to run on an indoor track or treadmill or brave the elements and run outside. If you are still planning to run outside bundle up, protect your hands and ears and if it is icy invest in a pair of Yak Traks. You will have to adjust your pace of your runs but running in the snow and ice will teach your legs to use different muscles. You will also be building core strength from balancing on the snow and ice.

The snow will be here before you know it. What activities will you be participating in to maintain your fitness levels?

Jessica McCartney (aka Marathon Maniac #3963) enjoys running and anything sporty. She has completed 11 marathons and is an Official Blogger for the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon.