Sometimes, making the transition from summer's outdoor pursuits to those of winter can be a challenge. Not everybody is a fan of bundling up just to go for a walk; or putting on skis, ice skates or snowshoes. If that sounds like you, take heart -- there are plenty of active indoor pursuits you can use to stay active during the winter months. Some of them will even help you get ready for any big summertime goals you may have in the next year.
If there's a large enough -- or sufficiently enthusiastic -- base of players in your area, there may be indoor versions of your favorite sports. Be on the lookout for indoor volleyball, soccer, tennis, flag football and basketball games. Even if you're not a sports buff during the summer, winter is a prime chance to try popular indoor sports like floor hockey or roller hockey, box lacrosse, handball or racquetball.
Keep Doing Your Favorites
Sometimes you're lucky enough to have the perfect indoor alternative for your favorite outdoor pursuits. Even the hardest-core rock climbers may head indoors to pull plastic in the climbing gym over the winter, while runners who aren't fans of skittering on ice may turn to indoor tracks to get their endorphin rush. Some pools will even let you play kayak polo -- a great way to keep up on your whitewater maneuvering skills -- and dedicated rowers will log lots of hours on stationary rowing machines.
Train for Outdoor Adventures
If you love hitting it hard during the summer but don't have any real passion for winter activities, use that lull to train for your summer goals. That can mean doing activities like swimming, which is great for both cardiovascular health and whole-body strengthening. It can also mean putting your head together with a personal trainer and assembling a set of specific exercises that will translate directly to your summer activities; for example, avid hikers might climb stepmills or other stair climbers with a heavy backpack to mimic the feel of hiking up a steep mountain with that same pack.
Water Parks and Other Fun Places
You don't have to work hard to stay active during the winter -- you can also kick back and play. Enjoy indoor water parks, mini golf or indoor paintball games; try a wacky group fitness class you've always been interested in; or take a go-cart for a spin on an indoor track. Many of these activities are also a great way to get the whole family involved, as long as you make allowances for the capabilities of any children involved.
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