Great Winter Workouts

Not everyone can be a NINJA and running in the single digits may not seem fun. But as the temperatures return to normal, getting outside is that much easier, even when there is snow on the ground. A few years ago, you would have never caught me running during the winter and the only thing I thought about when it snowed was hitting the mountain. Don’t get me wrong, I still love to snowboard but I have found there are many other ways to enjoy the snow.

When I was introduced to Yak-Trax it was a life changer. These little contraptions allow you to run in snow and ice without the slightest hesitation. They easily slip on to your shoes and off you go. If running isn’t your thing, they work equally well for walking. The company makes two different kinds but I have found that you can use the walking ones for running and they cost $10 less. So if you are hesitant to get out and run in the snow, I can tell you a pair of Yak-Trax will change your mind.

Last year was my first snowshoe experience. When the snow gets a little too deep for running or you want to get off the road and explore, snowshoeing is the way to go. This is a great way to get some cardio exercise during the long cold months and if you are extreme, can lead to some amazing hikes and stories for years to come.

View from Schweitzer Mountain

Tiffany and Natalie enjoying our snowshoe adventure.

Our group before the infamous Schweitzer climb.

Climbing to the top of Schweitzer Mountain...Up the FACE!!!

I have read about running with snowshoes and hope to give it a chance this year. I am not sure how it will go or if I will look like the guy walking around with flippers at your local pool but it should be fun to try.

Skate Skiing
Now I have only skate skied twice in the past and all I can say is that I sucked at it, but had a blast. This is another way to get out and enjoy what the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Now I am currently trying to find some used ones because, well I am so bad I do not deserve new skis. The awesome people down at Fitness Fanatics, can rent you gear if you want to give it a shot.

Skate Skiing up on Mount Spokane

So if you are tired of being stuck in the house all winter long and want to get out side and enjoy the outdoors. May I suggest giving one of these a try.


jessithompson said...

Love the new blog look, Keve! Great post and looking forward to more of these snow adventures together! :)

Josh said...

I have to agree with Jessi and say you are always on the cutting edge of blog design! This layout is sweet!