There are typically only a few days per winter season that I am NOT jealous of all you floridians basking in your 70 degree heat, while we are up here freezing our you-know-whats-off in the snowy, icy, freeeezzing weather. Yesterday was definitely one of those days.
With a new year upon us I am always looking for a fun and creative way to get in a little workout all the while enjoying the beautiful nature around me. AKA as embracing this gawdawful cold snowy weather.
What I can tell you about snowshoeing is that it’s a full body workout. You are hiking through the snow but the added resistance of the snow really works your whole body. No kidding around – my butt, back, arms and calves are feeling the burn today. And while we were trekking along it definitely didn’t seem hard, but I was working up a sweat for sure!
Also, It’s very important to pack water with you when you are engaging in this type of activity. Working up a sweat makes you thirsty.
I was also really excited to try out my new camelbak!
This thing was a must have for this type of adventure. It was my first time using the camelbak and I absolutely loved it! It held about a liter of water and the pak was great for holding other things like snacks, keys or whatever. And it was convenient to be able to drink water hands free, since we had ski poles in our hands. I originally wanted the camelpak for my running which I am even more excited to be able to get my full usage out of it.
Note to self: Sometimes you just need to take a break to make snow angels. And that’s okay.
We stopped every now and then to take pictures. We found it a little difficult at times as there were no real good spots to set the camera for a timed picture. Everything was covered in snow! At one point we even went so far as to rig our own tripod with our ski poles.
Snowshoeing was great fun and we were able to find a local sporting good store that rented the snowshoes and poles for $10.00/person. That doesn’t seem to pricy for a day of burning calories in nature!
The key to great snowshoeing fun is to bundle up, bring lots of yummy-healthy snacks for after (you are starving when you are done), hot chocolate, and have good company. I had it all!