by Susan Post
Sub-freezing temperatures and snow on the ground may sound like a good reason to bundle up and stay indoors, but there are plenty of ways to stay fit and active, indoors and out, during the long winter months. From the seemingly unglamorous to the expected winter sports, there are several ways to exercise in the powdery stuff.
Shoveling snow may seem like a hassle, but Harvard Medical School research shows people can burn in excess of 180 calories in 30 minutes while safely shoveling.
If sports are more your snowy style, check out Ohio ski resort Mad River Mountain, located just northwest of Columbus in Zanesfield, for a day of skiing or snowboarding. The resort offers ski and snowboard rentals as well as group and individual lessons plus family fun at the Mad River Mountain Avalanche Tubing Park. Again, according to Harvard, skiing clocks in at another 180 plus calories burned per half hour.
Take a spin around the ice rink and enjoy a winter classic. OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks have five indoor locations across the city. Ice skating packs a surprising punch at over 210 calories in 30 minutes, according to Harvard research. Two Central Ohio state parks also have outdoor rinks or ponds. Visit Delaware or Buckeye Lake parks today to glide across the ice in a beautiful outdoor setting.
Looking to stay indoors? Get adventurous and try an unfamiliar sport. Indoor climbing facility Vertical Adventures has options for beginner to experienced climbers, and for kids to adults. In just 30 minutes of climbing, Harvard says you can burn over 330 calories.
For fit fun for the whole family, visit Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park. The park accommodates little ones all the way to fitness experts. There is special time for tiny tots, open jumps and even SkyRobics fitness classes where participants can burn over 1,000 calories in an hour.
Whether it is indoors or out, there are plenty of fun and seasonal ways to get moving and shake, skate, ski, climb and jump off the winter blues.
Susan Post is a freelance writer and editor based in Columbus. She enjoys writing about her city and the people and places that make it special. Contact her at Susan.Post.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Central Ohio Winter Destinations
Mad River Mountain, Zanesfield
Chiller Ice Rinks, Central Ohio
Delaware State Park, Delaware
Buckeye Lake State Park, Buckeye Lake
Vertical Adventures, Worthington
Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, Lewis Center