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Exploring the Outdoors This Winter

Say No to Winter Hiberation

For lawn care enthusiasts everywhere, the return of Old Man Winter and a dormant lawn often means a quick retreat indoors. Instead of embracing your inner couch potato this season, why not bundle up and head outside to explore your natural surroundings? Winters can be beautiful and fun. Give it a try!

Here are a few ideas to help you get started:

1. Play Hockey

You don’t have to be Sidney Crosby to enjoy a good old-fashioned game of stick-puck. Hockey appeals to all age groups and is a great way to get up and moving on a chilly winter’s day. Street hockey, ice hockey, ball hockey, roller hockey – the world is your oyster.

2. Get Out of Town

Bring the excitement and anticipation of holiday planning back into your life by taking a mini vacation. While summers are often filled with weekends spent at the beach or cottage, weekends during the cooler seasons can leave much to be desired. Make an effort to explore unfamiliar territory in a nearby town or state park, visit a landmark, or even try your hand at winter camping if the weather permits.

3. Go Hiking

Consider adding hiking to your list of favorite activities. Hiking is a terrific form of exercise that improves cardio-respiratory fitness, lowers the risk of heart disease and stroke, and burns more than 370 calories per hour. It is also one of the best ways to take in your natural surroundings no matter the weather (as long as you’re dressed for the occasion!).

4. Ride Your Bike

Instead of allowing your bike to collect dust and cobwebs in the corner of your garage, head outside for a quick spin. If you live in an area with frequent snow coverage, wait until the roads are plowed and dry. Not only will biking help you diminish some of those pesky winter blues, it will also provide you with a full-body, energizing workout. Cycling improves heart health, increases muscle tone, burns calories, and reduces stress. Convinced? We thought so!

5. Go Fishing

Fishing is a versatile activity that is enjoyable any time of the year. Take in the surrounding scenery, search for wildlife, and relax with your rod and reel at your closest body of water. Depending on your preference, fishing can be a peaceful, one-person activity, or an opportunity to enjoy nature’s gifts in the company of your friends and family.

Although spring and the return of lawn care season are still several weeks away, there’s no need to hibernate until March. Embrace all that winter has to offer by participating in one of your favorite past times – or, better yet, something entirely new to you. Your mind and body will thank you.

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