Get Out & Play: Winter tips for staying active

Carol EvansAround Town

Don’t let the cold weather keep you indoors this winter. Add a few layers of clothing to keep Jack Frost from nipping at your toes, and then head outdoors for some winter fun.

Winter isn’t about cold weather; rather it’s a whole new season to play. Dressing for your activity level, changing the time of day that you head out, and challenging yourself with fitness and up-coming-event goals can help you embrace this time of year so you can enjoy the outdoors and stay fit year-round.


There are many benefits to getting outside during the winter. No bugs, no sweating, no poison ivy, no crowds and no leaves to block stunning views. Summer heat and humidity can often slow you down, but exercising in colder weather can help improve your physical endurance and increase your stamina. Getting out in nature has the added benefit of keeping away the winter blues.

Here are a few upcoming events to help you get outside this winter:

  • Train Away Those Winter Blues – Women’s Spin Class will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. every other Tuesday, starting Dec. 5 at Dogwood Elementary School gym. This is a free event hosted by Harper’s Bike Shop and Liv Cycling. You must bring your own bike and trainer.
  • Cold Weather Cycling Basics will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, at REI. Learn tips and tricks to keep you riding when the weather turns cold. Learn how to outfit you and your bike to handle inclement weather, dropping temperatures and other challenges that traditionally keep cyclists out of the saddle. Class is free, but you’ll need to register online.
  • Winter Training Focus will be 10-noon Sunday, Dec. 17, at North Boundary Trails in Oak Ridge. This series of monthly rides will help increase rider endurance, skills and speed. The first ride focus will be on distance. Cedar Bluff Cycles will lead a 10-plus mile ride on gravel and single track. It will be a casual pace, no-drop ride with minimal stops.

Knoxville’s local outdoor clubs and shops offer a wide variety of events for winter. Visit Outdoor Knoxville regularly to see what is happening each week.

 

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