by Russ Lowthian, HaveFunBiking
For many of us, being active and enjoying fun winter activities (biking, hiking, skiing, etc.) is what memories are made of while contributing to good health. Despite the lifestyle changes of new technology and evolving viruses, there’s still plenty of room to participate in some outdoor fun. Seeking out healthy activities may be even more important now as winter approaches. Doing something you enjoy can distract you from problems and help you cope with all the new life challenges that cause stress.
Page through our latest Bike/Hike Guide with many maps of Minnesota destinations offering fun opportunities. Then, layer up your dress attire for the temperature swings ahead and head out. If you haven’t already, you will soon discover that outdoor pursuits pose a lower risk of getting sick than indoor workouts.
Why choose outdoor adventures?
When outside, the fresh air is constantly moving, helping to digest food more effectively, improve blood pressure and heart rate, strengthen the immune system, and reduce obesity rates. Enjoying Minnesota’s fun outdoor activities offers other benefits, too. As you may have discovered this summer, being outside also offers an emotional boost that will help you feel less tense, stressed, angry, or depressed.
Enjoy more with low-risk Minnesota winter adventures
Here in Minnesota, a winter wonderland pursuits, consider moving with these low-risk outdoor activities to stay healthy and safe. Again, use the current Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide, with all the maps, to find a place to enjoy the following hobbies.
- Fat Biking
- Nature walks
- Downhill and/or cross-country skiing
- Ice skating
- Ice fishing and hunting
- Fitness classes, held outside to allow extra distancing
- And exploring the snow-covered trails on an ATV.
Remember, seeking healthy outdoor activities may be even more important as winter approaches. Doing something you enjoy can distract you from problems and help you cope with all the new life challenges that cause stress.