Even though the snow drifts might be piling high (again), don’t hesitate to get out! Staying active in winter is a great way to stay happy and healthy through the cold. Limbs need to stretch and move, so let the winter weather help you feel good! There is lots of beauty in the outdoors at winter time, from frozen ponds, to snow capped hills, icicles and the intense sunshine reflecting off white expanses. On the days that it’s not fit, there is still lots to do indoors. Here are some suggestions on how to keep your body moving on those winter days.
playing in the snow
enjoying the City
skating the loop
The Loop: Ice Skating Trail at Bannerman Park – Skate your way to a healthy winter in Bannerman Park with the new ice skating loop! The Bannerman Loop is a fun and fantastic winter outdoor activity. Open day and night, centrally located, skating at the Loop is a great way to get exercise solo or with family and friends. Pack a thermos of hot cocoa and you’ll be fueled to skate the day away.
Cross-country skiing – Pippy Park is the place to go in town for cross-country skiing. You can either bring your own skis or rent a pair at the North Bank Lodge. Try the trails around the North Bank Lodge, or head up around Three Pond Barrens for a little more wilderness. Pippy Park also offers introductory cross-country skiing lessons on Saturdays and Sundays (1 hour in duration- 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM) Pre-register for lessons by calling 737-3651 (weekends) or 576-8522 (weekdays)
Shoveling – Sure, shoveling is a sometimes loathed winter chore, but it can also be thought of as a great workout. An hour of shoveling snow can be a real upper body workout. Just be careful of your back! Or you can do some yoga for shovel shoulders afterwards.
Snowshoeing- You can go snowshoeing just about anywhere: in Pippy Park, behind Signal Hill around the Geo Centre or Butterpot Provincial Park…all you need for snowshoeing is snow, preferable ungroomed (to enjoy the full purpose of the snowshoes). Snowshoes can be rented in Pippy Park for $3/hr or at The Outfitters for $15/day. Or check out Locally-made Snowshoes!
Play It Again Sports is a great place to find new and used sporting goods including skates, snowshoes and ski equipment. For used gear there is also Value Village and other thrift shops, as well as Kijiji.
Swimming – What is better on winter’s day than a swim at the pool accompanied by a long sit in the sauna? Swimming is a fantastic, low-impact exercise that is suitable for all ages. For a couple of bucks, you can have a nice swim at the H.R.G Mews Community Swimming Pool, Wedgewood Park Recreation Centre Swimming Pool, or the Aquarena.
Yoga – Yoga is good for the body and the mind. There are many options for yoga classes in St. John’s, including:
Yoga Kula Co-op
The Lotus Centre
If you’d like to try yoga from the comforts of your own home and free of charge, check out Do Yoga With Me.
The Gym – The Works at the Memorial University campus is made up of a variety of fitness facilities, including a gym and an indoor track. You can run, lift weights, play squash, do yoga, pilates and swim, all in the same building! The Ches Penney Y is another great facility with loads to do.
These are just a few ideas on how to keep active during the winter time. Outdoor activity engages one with nature, indoor can be soothing for those stiff cold limbs. All of these activities can have a meditative quality to them, and help get you out of a winter funk if you happen to be in one!