As the winter chill finally fills the air and snow covers the ground, some people think the only thing they can do is settle in for a long winter’s nap. Other people complain that it’s too cold, snowy, or even dangerous to get outside and do anything.
That’s simply not true!
Winter is one of the most beautiful times of the whole year. You can travel the world and see winter wonderlands that will completely take your breath away. People have written songs and poetry about the beauty of the season. There are even winter Olympics with sports unique to the cold weather.
But you don’t need to just admire winter’s beauty and majesty from afar. It’s a great time of year to get outside and do something fun. In fact, you might just pick up a new favorite hobby. Let’s take a look at a few things that should be on your “winter bucket list” this season, and for years to come.
Take a Road Trip
Don’t leave camping and family road trips for the summer months only. Winter is a great time to pack up your car or RV and hit the road. You can winterize your vehicle by checking all the seals and making sure no moisture can get in, and make a checklist for yourself before you leave to make sure your pipes won’t freeze, and that someone is watching your home for you. Once you have everything in place, a winter road trip can be even more fun than traveling in the summer.
Head to a ski resort for skiing, snowboarding, and tubing, or travel to your favorite year-round campground where you can go sledding, tubing, and snowshoeing. Taking a trip somewhere in the winter can be fun for the whole family and can help everyone to stay active.
Be a Kid Again
Do you want to build a snowman? Well, get out there and do it! Winter is the perfect time to let yourself feel like a kid again. If you have children, go outside with them to build a snowman, have a snowball fight, or make snow angels. In doing so, you’ll create lasting memories and even new family traditions.
But even if you don’t have kids, you still don’t need an excuse to get outside and have fun. Playing as an adult has many benefits, including:
- Stress reduction
- Improved brain function
- Improved creativity
- Boosted connection with others
- Refreshed mind and body
Playing can also help to prevent burnout, which is important if you tend to work a lot or have a stressful job. So, get outside and have some fun in the white stuff, just like you did when you were a kid.
Hit the Ice
Ice skating is a classic winter sport, and again, something that the whole family can do. Or, you can use it as a workout to stay in shape. It’s especially good for your cardiovascular health if you’re using the winter season to work on your athletic skills like increasing your vertical jump, stamina, or strength.
Ice skating can also be very relaxing, too. So, whether you do it as a leisure activity or as a training method, don’t be afraid to slip on your skates and hit your local rink. Just make sure to dress appropriately so you can spend more time on the ice without getting cold!
Have a Bonfire
If you want to heat things up while spending time outside, invite your friends over for a big bonfire. You can burn some of those cardboard boxes all of your Christmas packages came in, as well as any extra firewood and sticks you might have lying around.
A bonfire is a great way to have a party outside in the winter. You can really tie it all together by offering hot drinks like cocoa, apple cider, or even mulled wine. Everyone can stay warm around the fire while enjoying the beautiful winter scenery and surrounding snow.
Go Cross Country Skiing
You don’t have to be a skiing expert to strap on a pair and hit your favorite trail. Cross country skiing is one of the best ways to see all of winter’s natural beauty, especially if you can find a clean wooded area to travel. Many winter communities have classes for beginners, or you can choose to venture out with friends or on your own for a tranquil experience. There are so many health benefits to cross country skiing, and it’s a great way to stay fit in the winter — especially after the holidays.
Don’t use the cold temperatures and snow as an excuse to stay inside all winter. With a little creativity and motivation, you can take part in a variety of winter activities that could quickly turn this season into your favorite time of year.
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