6 winter activities to fall in love with (photo gallery)

Staying active in the winter is easy and fun. Grab your spouse and kids and head out on one of these exciting winter adventures.

By Robin Heron

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Winter activities to fall in love with

With winter in full swing, bringing slushy streets and sub-zero temperatures, it's tempting to forgo outdoor exercise in favour of some quality time curled up on the couch with the remote control. But, with so many seasonal activities available, now is the perfect time to get moving and add something new to your workout routine – or rekindle your love of an old favourite.

According to Canada's Physical Activity Guide adults should be accumulating between 30 and 60 minutes of moderate physical exercise daily – and that doesn't change during the winter months. So if you feel like you've been spending more time moping than moving, it's time to get outside and get active. Not only will the physical activity boost your spirits, but being outdoors is also a great way to up your vitamin D intake and stay healthy and alert.

Here are six family-friendly ways to get active and beat those winter fitness blahs.

Before you start, remember to check weather reports and dress accordingly, and take five or 10 minutes to do a warm-up beforehand to get your heart rate up and muscles ready for some activity.

Tobogganing
Remember those days when you were coasting down the neighbourhood hill, and then dreading the epic trudge back to the top with your sled in tow? It's time to get back out there with the kids and relive those childhood memories, because, as it turns out, tobogganing is the perfect winter whole body workout, targeting the glutes and quads in particular.

Calories burned per hour: 400

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