By Allison Bell
Dec 30, 2020
Tired of being cooped up indoors all year? Just because the cold winter months are setting in, that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the great outdoors.
With COVID-19 still at large, it is more important than ever to take care of your physical and mental health. While concerts, parties, and other indoor events might be on hold for now, here are some fun outdoor activities you can safely enjoy this winter.
The pandemic may have canceled a lot of things this year, but it can’t keep skiers from enjoying the Greatest Snow on Earth. Many resorts in Utah are open, with guidelines in place for keeping everyone safe from COVID-19. If you’re wondering what new precautions are in place, here’s what you should know before you hit the slopes.
For more information, visit SkiUtah.com.
You don’t have to be a skier to enjoy the snowy mountain ranges. Utah provides plenty of opportunities for hikers to explore the winter terrain with its waterfalls, rivers, peaks, and wildlife. But the key to enjoying your hiking adventure is being prepared with the proper gear, snacks, and necessary equipment.
For a list of the best winter hikes in Utah – including safety tips – click here.
Some Utah ski resorts have designated snowshoeing trails that are family-friendly and good for beginners. Nordic Centers are available at the following resorts:
Want a low-risk outdoor activity that will keep the COVID blues at bay?
It doesn’t get any easier -- or more refreshing – than taking a brisk walk outside. You don’t need special equipment or a lot of extra time to enjoy a stroll around the block. Whether you’re walking the dog or enjoying a brisk walk with the family, this simple exercise could give you the endorphin boost you need. Just be sure to dress warm and watch out for icy roadways.
Remember that protecting yourself from the elements is just as important as protecting yourself from COVID-19. Now that you’ve got a good list of ideas for staying active this winter, here are some safety tips to keep in mind as you venture out into the cold.
If you’re not a fan of the cold, there are plenty of exercises you can do safely at home -- even in the era of COVID-19.
Intermountain Healthcare offers a variety of on-demand exercise resources that you can enjoy anytime, at your own pace, and in the comfort of your own home. From yoga classes to cardio workouts and strength training, you’ll find something to fit your preferences. (There’s even a 7-minute workout option, if your time is limited.)
Whether you choose the outdoors or a virtual workout program, remember that doing any form of exercise is better than doing nothing. Every active minute counts.
Here’s to a happy and healthy start for the new year!