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When the air gets cold, all you usually want to do is stay inside and curl up by the fireplace right? Well studies have shown that in the winter, when our bodies want to conserve energy as heat, we tend to eat a little more and become less active. This can leave you feeling tired and lethargic. Instead of hibernating, there are plenty of other things you can do with your time to both stay active and healthy.

Winter is the only time you get to enjoy the snow and the sports that are only possible with snow, unless you live in the Arctic.

Downhill Skiing. There are plenty of resorts throughout the U.S. where you can practice your skiing techniques. If you’re new to the sport, many of these sports offer lessons and camps.

Cross-country Skiing. As opposed to downhill skiing, cross country skiing is for skiers who enjoy travelling longer distances and climbing hills. Because of the difference in the skis used, any flat or near flat snowy surface can work.

Snowboarding. This sport has become more and more popular through the years. It is the “surfing” of winter. Like downhill skiing, many resorts offer both the equipment and lessons to snowboard. Snowboarding is definitely easier and more familiar to those who have surfed or skateboarded before.

Ice-skating. Whether you’re at your local rink, or a nearby pond, ice skating can be fun for the whole family.  Ice skating can burn up to 500 calories an hour and it sure doesn’t feel like working out at the gym.

As with all sports, it’s important to stay safe. Proper safety gear can be found at your local sporting goods store such as knee and elbow pads, helmets, and wrist guards. Also, stay warm. Layering clothing works best and winter clothing can usually be found at your sporting goods store as well. And don’t forget sunscreen. It may be cold outside and you may not be in your bathing suit, but snow acts as a reflecting agent and can intensify the sun rays on your skin.

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