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How to exercise in the winter


Imagine white, fluffy flakes cascading down from the sky as you walk through the streets of Madison. You can see the puff of your breath as you exhale, and your nose has just turned the shade of Rudolf the red-nosed reindeer’s. 

Your winter coat is zipped up to your chin, your hair is hidden underneath a cap and your hands are stuffed into a pair of mittens. Oh wait, you don’t have to imagine this scenario because it is our present-day reality. 

It’s the middle of January in Wisconsin, so we all know what that means… “baby it’s COLD outside!”

I don’t know about you, but I really only like the cold, winter weather up until New Years. Then, following the holiday, all I want is for the snow to melt, the trees to start blooming and the sun to start shining. Unfortunately for me, and everyone who agrees with me, spring will not be here for a couple more months. 

This means we will have to suck-it-up and find a way to embrace the cold. I did some digging, and I came up with a top-ten list of fun activities to participate in this winter that will hopefully make us forget about the numbness of our hands and feet, the goosebumps peppering our flesh and the shivers racking up and down our spines.

Top-ten winter activities and where to participate in them around Madison:

1.  Skiing/snowboarding

o  Where: Cascade Mountain, Tyrol Basin and Blackhawk Ski Area West Chalet

2.  Sledding/tubing

o  Where: Sheehan Park, Arbor Hills Park and Sledding Hill

3.  Snowshoeing

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o  Where: Elver Park, Fontana Sports Specialties and Knollwood Conservation Park

4.  Ice skating/hockey

o  Where: Elver Park Rink, The Ice Rink and Tenney Park Rink

5.  Polar bear plunge

o  Where: Lake Mendota or Monona

6.  Build a snowman, a snow fort or make a snow angel

o  Where: Bascom Hill or any Park

7.  Snowball fight

o  Where: Bascom Hill

8.  Walk/run

o  Where: Any sidewalk or trail

9.  Ice fish

o  Where: Lake Mendota or Monona

10. Snowmobile

o  Where: Jefferson County Snowmobile Trail

As you can see, there are plenty of fun activities we can all participate in this winter before the snow melts. 

Baby I know it’s COLD outside, but don’t completely miss-out on the beautiful Wisconsin weather this year and get outside!

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