4 Winter Activities to Keep Your Healthy Resolution on Track

A new year brings new challenges; this year, those challenges—or resolutions—are centered on health and fitness. The top new year’s resolutions for 2017 are “healthier eating/lose weight” and “work out more often”, according to Statistic Brain. It’s important to not only keep track of your heart rate during activities, but to also make sure your workouts count for something!
With that, below are a list of the top 4 activities you can do to help reach your health goals this winter.  


Gloves and a raincoat or heavy jacket are all you need in winter for this low impact way get your heart working in the morning. Cycling to work not only provides a great start to the day, it’s also efficient. While your colleagues are sitting in traffic, you can be using all your major muscle groups as you pedal at your own pace.

Live in a snowy climate? Check out these safety tips for biking in the snow.

The health benefits of cycling are well documented: it increases cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength and flexibility, lowers blood pressure, and boosts energy. And because you’ll be cycling to work, that means you’ll also be cycling home!

Don’t forget to wear reflective clothing and to equip your bike with added lights to ensure visibility during dark hours. These 4 tips from ACTIVE will help.


True winter activities—skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing are workouts you can perform while getting a strong dose of nature. Whether you consider yourself a pro, or are just fine on the bunny hill, these activities put muscles to work that you may not have known existed.

Health Fitness Revolution says the “impact your body endures while skiing strengthens your bones and joints” like few other activities; you may not find a more fun way to spend a day!


Unlike outdoor sports that generally utilize a larger playing field, indoor sports and fitness—like basketball, volleyball, soccer, Orange Theory or this Yoga HIIT combinationare all excellent options to boost your fitness during the winter.

The smaller playing area means more short bursts of high intensity. The article “6 Quick Tips to Earn More PAI” outlines the benefits of short, high intensity exercise over longer, low intensity exercise. Exerting energy at higher levels followed by a rest period, and repeating over and over, will kick your body’s repair cycle into overdrive.

“That means you burn more fat and calories in the 24 hours after a HIIT workout than you do after, say, a steady-pace run,” says Shape Magazine.

You’ll also be playing your favorite sports with your favorite people. Not a bad way to kick the winter blues!


Veteran hikers will tell you the best way to stay warm during a winter hike is to layer up—or if you live in Quebec: “dress like an onion.” The saying s’habiller comme un oignon means just that. Staying warm and being prepared for varying temperatures is important, as is starting slow and early.

Hikes are generally longer than traditional workouts, so pacing yourself will go a long way to ensure you aren’t putting your muscles or heart under strain. Using a heart rate monitor will help you stay on top of your beats per minute. “Hiking is a good way to improve your cardiovascular fitness, particularly if your route includes some hills, which will force your heart to work harder,” says Julie Corliss of the Harvard Health Blog.

It’s also an excellent excuse for loading up an a big meal when you get back down the mountain.


Your heart rate, or pulse, is the number of times your heart beats per minute. Heart rate is important to capture as a metric for maintaining fitness activities, and it varies from person to person depending on age, fitness level, diet and other factors.

Monitoring your heart rate during exercise is important because it’s one of the most accurate readings of your heart health. With PAI, you can convert all your heart rate data into a simple, easy-to-understand metric that tells you whether you're getting enough activity to keep your heart healthy.

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