4 Cold-Weather Activities to Boost Fitness

Complement your favorite indoor workout routines with these cold-weather pursuits.

Person snowshoeing

Across much of the United States, when winter descends and blankets our locales in snow, ice, and chilly temperatures, there are few more welcome respites than the health club. At the gym, it’s possible to stay fit, find community, and even warm up. It’s an appealing alternative to staying in without ­having to face the season’s uncomfortable elements.

But as the old Scandinavian saying goes, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes.”

With proper forethought, those ­uncomfortable elements can elevate your fitness, testing your hard-won workout gains and delivering new challenges to complement your indoor exercise routine.

Whether you head for the mountains, into the woods, onto frozen lakes or rivers, or to your local park, natural winter playgrounds await.

Let these athletes and adventurers lead you out of your indoor comfort zone and into the outdoors. Guided by benefits, beginner tips, adventure ratings, and more, you’ll soon be on your way to greater wellness in the great wide open.

is a Colorado-based outdoors, health, fitness, and nutrition writer.

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