Perspectives

How to Stay Active During the Winter

Raise your hand if you enjoy warm sunny days. (Kenny raises his hand). Now, raise your hand if you’re not a fan of the cold and just want to hibernate during the winter. (Raises both hands…and feet). LOL!

It’s really easy to become stagnant during the winter, especially when it comes to physical activity. I’ve had a tendency to slack off on working out or doing outdoor activities when it’s really cold, but this year, I’m pushing myself to find fun and budget-friendly ways for my family and I to stay active.

I asked some of my friends on Facebook for suggestions for physically active things to do during the winter, and discovered there are some really cool places in and around St. Louis. Whether you’re looking for extreme sporting or something a little slower pace, here are some suggestions worth pursuing.

Yoga has become increasingly popular over the last decade, and STL has a host of classes to choose from. And fellas, if you think yoga’s just for girls, you’re missing out. You can find local yoga classes suited for all levels of yoga practice. So if you’re looking for a challenge, it’s out there!

Did you know some of the competitors from the popular tv show, American Ninja Warrior, live and work in our area? Yes, and you could possibly train with one of them at KOR Komplex in St. Charles. This unique facility is a place where families and people of all ages can exercise and enjoy challenging and fun activities. If you’re up for the challenge, it’s definitely worth exploring.

If you have an active toddler like we do, The Magic House in Kirkwood has become a second home for us. Kids love to explore the world around them, and here’s a place where they can do just that. Plus, their patient staff ensure every kid has a great time. We purchased a membership, and it’s worth it, especially on those days when the kids need to get out of the house.

When was the last time you played laser tag? If you have to think too long, it’s time to plan an outing to Sports Fusion in Chesterfield. And while you’re there, enjoy a game of dodgeball, mini golf, hang out in the arcade and more. Call the crew and tell them to meet you there this weekend.

If you’re not afraid of heights (and even if you are), Climb So ILL is an indoor rock climbing gym specifically designed to accommodate varying levels of experience and ability. My wife and I went on an active double date a few years ago with another couple, and it is was an incredible experience. Definitely looking forward to doing this again soon.

These are great options, but what do you do when you can’t go outside but don’t want to go stir crazy either? Make it a game night, and pull out some oldies but goodies like Twister, Charades or Hide-and-Seek. If you’re really into board games, here are a few with a healthy twist.

These are just a few options, but we’d love to hear of ways you stay active during the winter.

What are some of your favorite go-to places or things to do at home to stay active when it’s cold outside?