Monday, January 3, 2011

Don’t Let the Winter Keep You Indoors: Five Fun Winter Adventures

Got cabin fever? Here are five perfect excuses to don your cold-weather gear and get outside this winter. You’ll burn calories and maybe even spot some snow-loving animals along the way. There really is nothing quite like sledding down a hill at 15 MPH, spotting soar or exploring a pristine forest, covered with a white blanket of snow.

Snoeshoeing

Snowshoeing is a great workout: It’s easy and inexpensive, and risk of injury is low. Reminiscent of the area explorers and traders of long ago, traditional snowshoes were made of wooden frames laced with rawhide; Today’s version is lightweight and super comfortable. Available at most major sporting good stores, a pair of snowshoes will cost about $50. Several area nature centers and also have snowshoes for rent, including Springbrook Nature Center in Itasca (630-773-5572; itasca.com). You can also rent snowshoes at any REI sporting goods store. Northerly Island (chicagoparkdistrict.com) offers snowshoeing instruction for all ages during its annual Polar Days, on January 22 and February 26.

Sledding and Tobagganing
Though most tobogganing runs have now been closed down, you can still enjoy the thrill of whizzing down a snow-covered hill...Read the rest of the article I wrote for Mindful Metropolis magazine HERE.


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