It’s cold outside, so all the more reason to keep your exercise routine strictly indoors, right? Not so fast. There are plenty of health-promoting reasons to get your exercise groove on in the great outdoors this time of year. With the right warm gear, you can still enjoy many of your favorite warm-weather ways to keep fit, or go with the snow flow by enjoying winter sports like cross-country skiing that get your heart pumping. From gym-germ avoidance to lining your wallet with more green, here are the top reasons to take it outside.
1. Sunlight will lift your spirits–take a walk at noon.
2. Avoid those germs at the gym.
3. Give your head and lungs a break from the indoor air.
4. Connect with nature
5. Conserve gas and money by finding free beautiful places to explore near home
6. Avoid or reduce severity of colds by getting regular outdoor exercise in winter
Sundays April 7 May 5 June 2 2013 2-4 pm
In an effort to encourage people to get outside, Beaver Brook offers Free Guided hikes on the First Sunday of the Month. Check our calendar for locations. Free.
January 20, 2013 10- 12:00 noon
Guided by trackers Gerry & Gail Coffey, we will look for track and signs of coyote, mink, fisher, otter, porcupine, moose, deer and bear. Learn how these animals adapt and survive in winter. Tracking is a great way to learn about the diversity of wildlife in the area and gain greater insights about their behavior.
Wear warm clothing in layers, warm socks and boots. Snowshoes, crampons and hiking poles may be useful for this off-trail hiking. Bring water and an energy snack. Meet at Rocky Pond Road parking area 1.7 miles north of the intersection with Route 130 in Hollis NH. $10.
Call 603-465-7787 to register.
Photograph of mink compliments of Paul MacFawn.