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February 7, 2014

You Don’t Have to be an Olympic Athlete to Try These Winter Workouts

The 2014 Winter Olympics are about to kick off in Sochi, Russia, and athletes from around the world will be showing off their talents to a worldwide audience. Lucky for you, you don’t need to have world-class talent in order to stay active this winter. Just because you might not be ready to go down the half-pipe anytime soon, you can still try these winter workouts to help you stay in shape this season:

Yoga: It’s not just for girls! For those who haven’t tried it, yoga is a great new approach to working out. Another benefit? With the right video trainer, you can do it from the comfort of your own home.

Cross-country skiing: If you’re not afraid of the cold and ready for a good full-body workout, cross-country skiing might be your thing. It might not be easy, but it’ll work your arms, core and legs at the same time.

Fitness classes: If you have a gym nearby, signing up for a fitness class is a great way to commit to staying active. Even if it’s just once per week, an exercise class can be exactly what you need to keep your body feeling top notch.

Hiking: This is another great activity for those who aren’t scared to brave the cold. The morning after a fresh snowfall presents a great opportunity for an adventure. So, bundle up and take a hike to enjoy the scenery of the season. Even a stroll through your local park can be a sight to enjoy when snow covers the trees.

Shoveling snow: That’s right—your chores can keep you in shape! By shoveling snow for just 30 minutes, you can burn more than 200 calories. When you’re finished, you’ll have a clean driveway and a good workout. How about that for multitasking?

When you’re burning calories, remember that staying hydrated is just as important during the cold winter months as it is during the dog days of summer. Even if you’re not feeling thirsty, make sure to drink plenty of water to keep your body running its best. By staying active over the winter, you’ll develop a good habit of exercising on a daily basis by the time the weather warms up.

What are your favorite ways to stay active in the winter? We’d love to hear from you in our comment section!