Learning to Love Winter: Break Out the Snowshoes!

By Marsha Hudnall
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Winter.  It’s something that happens every year.  In some places, it’s quite a bit different than the rest of the year.  We can definitely say that in these parts.  Vermont winters are lovely just like the rest of the year.  But we tend to have a lot of that white stuff around.  And it lasts for a long time, making it important to get out in it.  Otherwise, cabin fever sets in waaay before the season is over.

So how do you enjoy the outdoors in winter if you’re not too keen on skiing (or as my husband describes it, a semi-controlled slide down a steep icy surface) or skating (I’ve never been attracted to the idea of falling on ice)?  Try snowshoeing! I doubt it will ever make it as a winter Olympics sport for this reason: If you can walk, you can do it. 

We’ve had a gorgeous snowfall this week that meant fun outdoors for the women at Green Mountain.  With our beautiful surroundings, we try to get our participants outside as much as possible to experience the joy of recreational fitness, e.g., moving naturally while having fun.  Our goal is to help them reconnect with the pleasure of moving their bodies, to become intrinsically motivated to move.  ‘Cuz that means we’ll keep doing it, which spells success for reaching health and healthy weight goals.

Getting outside at Green Mountain in the winter means a lot of snowshoeing because there’s no learning curve.  Just about everyone becomes a big fan of it.

There’s been a lot of snow south of us this year, too.  So if you can’t make it to Green Mountain for snowshoeing, you may have enough around you to enjoy.  Here’s a great primer from REI on snowshoeing that can help get you started.

Have you ever tried snowshoeing?  If so, what do you think?

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