We had the first snow of what the Farmer’s Almanac says will be many. Most of us took this as the opportunity to start our yearly hibernation--meaning sat on the couch and watched bad television while eating bad food. But, maybe this year we all do something different? Let’s decide to get outside and have fun for these next three months. And, how do we do that you might ask? Snowshoeing.
City snowshoeing is one of the best workouts and very few Chicagoans take part in it. So here's a snowshoe 101--the why, what, and where?
Why should I snowshoe?
- It’s an unbelievable workout for the calves, hamstrings, glutes, hipflexors, and abs. Wait, aren’t those all the muscles I use for swimming-biking-running? Why yes they are.
- Fresh air and sun. We go to work when it’s dark and we leave when it’s dark. We need sun and what better way than being out in nature with some snowshoes.
- Cardiovascular workout. Like inside on the treadmill or bike, you can vary your speed and get the heart pumping. You mean I don’t have to spend hours on the treadmill or bike trainer? Nope!
What do I need to snowshoe?
- Snowshoes. The must-have.
- Water proof boots and leg gaiters. Keeps the feet warm and dry.
- Walking poles. Turns a lower body workout into a full body workout.
- Cold weather base-layer under your coat. You’re going to sweat and this will keep you warm and dry.
- Flask. Why not?
Where can I snowshoe?
- Northerly Island
- Any park (Lincoln Park, Skinner Park, Lakefront trail)
- With Live Grit! We will be having snowshoe adventures this winter.
Now you know everything you need to know to be a snowshoeing pro. So get out there and enjoy the winter!