Top Outdoor Winter Activities To Get Your Heart Pumping

It’s not always easy to get an exhilarating workout in the winter. The lack of sun and cold weather leaves most of us feeling lethargic. The motivation to go for a run simply isn’t there, and because of the snow, other workouts like biking could be impossible. There’s still plenty of fun ways to exercise and enjoy the snow-covered environment.

Here’s just a few of the top outdoor winter activities to get your heart pumping this season.


Looking for a way to get in your leg day and great cardio? Search no more—snowshoeing is the perfect workout! With this high-intensity exercise, the calories you burn depend on the depth of the snow and your speed, but most burn at least 200 calories per hour. With deeper snow and a higher walking speed, you could double that number. Make sure to stay hydrated because you’ll also get in a full-body muscle work out.

We recommend snowshoeing at Windblown Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing Center in New Ipswich due to their variety of trails for beginners and experts.


If you’re trying to improve your flexibility, push your muscles, and work in some cardio, search no more! Skiing is among the popular top outdoor winter activities to get your heart pumping. Not only is it fun, but skiing is also another excellent leg exercise and strengthens your joints since much of it is spent putting tension on your knees. Skiing doubles as a cardio workout, so you’re sure to burn those calories. Better yet, once those endorphins kick in, it’s sure to boost your mood. It will improve your sleep as a bonus since your body will be fatigued from hitting the slopes.

We recommend skiing at Crotched Mountain, located in Bennington, or Granite Gorge, located in Keene and Roxbury. Granite Gorge offers several outdoor activities that are fun for all age groups, as well as lessons and rentals.

Check out more skiing in the region on our skiing page.


Going for a hike in winter may not sound promising or fun, especially during the brutal winters the region offers. Trust us when we say hiking in winter is worth it because it can benefit your overall health. It’s thrilling for all ages, and unlike skiing and snowshoeing, has no monetary cost. As you take in the tranquility, there’s time to take a break from the world. Hiking also comes with many physical benefits that’ll get your heart pumping. The natural inclines as you move up and downhill will work your legs, and as you move along the trail, you’ll engage your core.

If you’re looking for a place to hike, check out Annett Wayside Park in Jaffrey. If you’re a seasoned hiker looking for a challenging terrine, consider checking out Mount Monadnock Loop or White Arrow Trail.

To check out a list of local hiking and outdoor activities visit our page about ways to enjoy nature!


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