5 Ways to Stay Active Outdoors This Winter

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Columbia through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Columbia outerwear, all opinions are my own.

As much as I don’t want the cold weather to arrive here in New England, winter is inevitably on its way. The chilly temperatures mean that my morning stroller runs with Quinn and our post-dinner family walks will likely become fewer and far between, but, of course, I don’t want to be cooped up indoors all winter either. That said, here are five of my favorite ways to stay active outdoors in the winter. I hope they inspire you to get outside and get moving too!

Snowshoeing

Every time I try snowshoeing, I fall more and more in love with it. Mal and I actually talked about buying a pair for this winter since the streets in our neighborhood are never really plowed and they can be quite slippery, especially when Murphy pulls on his leash. And, hey, it would be a lot of fun to go out and tromp around in snowshoes, right? Yes. I think we need a pair. Clearly, snowshoeing is an awesome way to stay active during the winter. Have you ever tried it?

Nature walks

I love taking “nature walks” with Mal and Murphy, and we recently introduced them to Quinn this fall. Walking together as a family is such a nice way to spend some quality time together and enjoy the great outdoors. In the winter, we’ll still head out to explore the wooded area near our house, but we’ll be sure to bundle up!

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For our cold-weather walks this winter, I’m looking forward to wearing my new Turbodown Jacket and Minx Boots from Columbia. (Both items were sent to me for free as part of this campaign.) I was actually in the market for a new winter coat and boots (the tread on my beloved UGGS is long gone), so I was psyched when POPSUGAR Select contacted me about trying some Columbia gear. It was perfect timing!

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The Turbodown Jacket is made with performance-enhanced down (a combination of “Omni-Heat” synthetic insulation + 800-fill goose down), which makes it lightweight, but really warm since it retains heat, even when wet. I especially love the sheen of the fabric and clean, flattering fit. The style is quite versatile and this jacket can be worn hiking in the woods or running errands around town.

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The Minx Boots are also warm, lightweight, and versatile. They’re almost like a jacket for your feet! Once again, you can wear them from mountain to street since they’re the perfect combination of style and technology. These boots are waterproof and lined with soft faux-fur as well as 200g’s of insulation. There’s also a thermal reflective lining, which makes them even warmer. I love the color that I picked (shale) as well as the quilted fabric, and I can’t wait to wear these babies in the snow. I’m pretty sure they’ll become my go-to boot of the winter!

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Running

Oooh, boy. With the Boston Marathon on the horizon this coming April, I will be doing a whole lot of winter running. I plan to do the majority (probably all) of my long runs outside, so I need to make friends with the cold weather and make sure that I really bundle up in the right gear to keep me warm while running all of those miles.

Sledding

Who doesn’t love sledding, right? And now that we have a little one, I can’t wait until he’s a little bigger to take him sledding. (Although, Mal insists we could take him on small hills this winter.) A fun way to stay active in the winter is rounding up some friends, grabbing a sled, and hitting the biggest hill around. Sledding down and hiking up the hill over and over again is an awesome workout”” although, it’s so much fun, it probably won’t seem that way!

Skiing

Hitting the slopes for a day of skiing is a great way to stay active outdoors during the winter. Skiing (or snowboarding) is a full-body workout and one that provides constant fun in the cold weather. And it’s crazy to think that you’ll spend up to 8 hours heading up and down the mountain. How’s that for a winter outdoor activity?!

Question of the Day

What are your top 3 favorite ways to stay active during the winter?

58 Comments

  1. I too love nature walk, and whenever I get free time I love to walk with friends and family members. It not only helps you to do personal talk but also you enjoy your outdoor.

  2. Skiing, snowshoeing, and ice skating! We have extremely long and brutal winters in central NY. Have to stay active to get through them!

  3. I LOVE winter running with my running partner. Winter running by myself? Meh. Last winter was so awful with almost 90 inches of snow and -40* wind chills that I’m hoping this winter will be better. I’ve never gone snowshoeing, but it looks fun – you snowshoes are cute too!

  4. I love trail running in winter a dusting of snow on the trail is beautiful and it is always way more fun to be muddy (snowmelt turns everything to mud) when you come back from a run, as it makes you look completely badass. 🙂

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