How To Stay Active When It’s Cold Outside

We’ve been talking a lot lately about making the best of this extended winter season and staying positive in lieu of the February Blues. As a tag on to our previous posts, we’d like to offer you some tips for how to stay active when it’s cold outside. Colorado weather is unpredictable, which is part of the reason it is so fun to live here, it may be summer one day and winter the next, but it can often act as a deterrent to getting outside and staying active. For those of you still trotting along with your New Year’s resolutions (woohoo!) keep reading to see how you can get fit without getting hypothermia.

City Tours

Courtesy of Boulder Walking Tours
Courtesy of Boulder Walking Tours

This is first on our list for a reason. We honestly can’t think of a better way to get outside, stay active, and have fun than a city tour. See what your city has to offer, while enjoying the landscape and the company of your friends. Often the tours will lead you through the secret and most exciting parts of cities you thought you knew, while encouraging you to stay active.

Small Space Exercises

It might not have much in terms of scenery, but your room can easily be transformed into a home gym in a matter of minutes. All you need is a yoga mat or carpeting and some weighted objects (we’re on the frugal side and use rice bags when in doubt). Thankfully we live in the technological era and finding a great and challenging workout is as easy as turning on our computer. Here are a few of our favorite online workout regimens:

Fitnessblender                                                                                                      BeFit                                                                                                                    Scott Herman Fitness

Photo Courtesy of First Ascent Mountain School
Photo Courtesy of First Ascent Mountain School


Snowshoeing may sound like a leisurely pastime, but you’ll find that within minutes you’ll be stripping down your layers and feeling the burn. Walking in snow is like walking in sand, it is harder work for your legs and can keep your heart rate up. Another benefit of snowshoeing is that you can enjoy the outdoors even in the dead of winter.

Mind Puzzles

Photo Courtesy of Sipping n' Painting
Photo Courtesy of Sipping n’ Painting

So maybe you were thinking more of physical activity, but keeping your mind nimble during the winter months is just as important. If you’re feeling a little claustrophobic by the pile of snow outside your door, bundle up and venture to an art class in Denver. Explore the city and your creative side with a medley of classes and activities. You’ll see that getting out and trying something new, can revive you just as quickly as a trip to the gym.

Yogi Hikes

How To Stay Active When It's Cold OutsideCombine your favorite exercises with the beauty of the outdoors with a yogi hike. These four person excursions, lead by certified yoga teachers, will take you through some of Colorado’s most scenic landscapes, stopping sporadically to stretch your muscles and balance your body with skillful yoga moves. This is the answer to your exercising dilemmas, combining exercise, scenic views and a new experience in one easy step.

We know it’s hard to resist movie nights and TV marathons when the weather is bad, but hopefully we’ve helped you find ways to stay active when it’s cold outside. Spring is nearly here, but in the meantime be sure to check out our past posts on our favorite winter activities and how to beat the February blues. To stay up to date with all Wishlist news be sure to follow us on FacebookTwitter, LinkedInInstagram and by signing up for our newsletter.

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