Winter may almost be upon us but it’s not time to hibernate! There are so many fun activities you can do throughout the colder months—you just have to bundle up. These five are especially good for those who are newbies to cold-weather sports. Just make sure you take a few classes to get started!
Dogsledding is an exhilarating and comfortable way to explore winter landscapes and is easily adapted to your physical needs. You can try learning how to start dog mushing—directing the dogs as they cruise through the snow—or bundle up in the sled and get a new perspective of snowy trails.
All you really need is a pair of snowshoes and warm clothes to get started snowshoeing! This winter sport is relatively inexpensive, good for your cardiovascular health, and not too hard on your body. You can really set your own pace, and if you’re worried about your knees, try bringing a couple of poles with you. This will help you build upper body strength and take some weight off your legs.
This sport is great for seasoned skiers who want to try something new as well as complete novices. You’ll get great exercise, and it’s gentler on your knees than skiing. It’s also a great activity to do with your kids or grandkids. You’re definitely going to need to commit some time and money to the endeavour—but it’s so much fun!
4. Cross-country skiing
Researchers in Sweden and Indiana conducted a study on cross-country skiers and found that the activity “places them in the lowest all-cause mortality risk category for men of any age.” It’s also incredibly easy to pick up, you can rent or borrow the skis, and as long as you’ve got warm clothes you’re good to go. Plus, there are plenty of accessible trails across Canada
Generally if you have a driver’s license you’ve got snowmobiling covered! You can explore the backcountry and bring the family with you—you just need to make sure everyone has a permit. Snowmobiling is more of an investment if you want to buy your own vehicle, but you can also rent or take a tour with a company. Just make sure you check what the provincial guidelines are for snowmobiling before you hit the trails.