Winter activities, such as ice skating, sledding, skiing or even catching snowflakes can add exercise to a potentially sedentary time of year.
Ice skating and other winter activities can:
- Provide the same amount of exercise as shooting baskets or playing handball
- Expose us to some needed Vitamin D
- Provide social contact when we are often isolated inside our homes
(2011 Compendium of Physical Activities: A Second Update of Codes and MET Values,” by BE Ainsworth, WL Haskell, SD Hermann, N Meckes, DR Basset, Jr., C. Tudor-Locke, JL Greer, J Vezina, MC Whitt-Glover, and AS Leon.)
How I add this to my life: I shovel. And shovel and shovel. My driveway is pretty long, but so far, I have managed to be responsible to clearing it during our storms.