Top 10 Tips for Choosing a Winter Sport
Written by: Catalogs.com Editorial Staff
January 1, 2012
Filed Under Sports
Contributed by Jennifer Andrews, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru
The onset of cold weather does not mean you are meant to hibernate from the winter season and get-fit activities.
Rather, there are several fun and fitness-friendly winter sports to keep you active until the spring. There are several factors to consider prior to signing up for ski lessons, ice skating or snow-shoeing however. Consider the following top 10 tips for choosing a winter sport that can help you narrow down your personal search.
10. Follow your interests
As with any activity that is meant to be for fun or exercise, you are more likely to stay with an activity if you enjoy it. Consider your own personal interests and hobbies before starting a winter sport. If you are seeking an effective workout, cross-country skiing may be ideal whereas downhill skiing may be preferred by those more adventurous. Don’t let the season deter you from your favorite activity: swim year-round at indoor pool facilities, using water fitness accessories like water weights, jog belts and fitness gloves to increase your health benefits.
When choosing a winter sport, consider what activities you can do with your family. Winter activities such as ice-skating or family ski lessons are a great way to spend family time together.
Besides your family, friends can give you advice and ideas on which winter sport may be most appropriate for you. Friends are familiar with your personality traits and can also motivate you to join a local hockey league or curling club with them.
Money is a huge consideration when considering starting any new activity or adventure in life. Look for winter sports that are within your budget so you can participate and not worry about breaking the bank.
Select a winter sport that is most convenient according to your work and daily schedule. It is more logical to start Nordic skiing if there are trails within your own town to traverse, particularly if they are along your work route to hit up after work.
5. Travel factor
Similar to the convenience tip, travel time is a huge factor when choosing a winter sport. Apart from starting a sport that is close to your own work or home location however, it’s always important to determine if joining a hockey or curling league will involve traveling to compete in games or championships on weekends.
4. Look to the past
What types of sports and activities did you enjoy as a child? Often, looking to the past can remind us or bring back memories of things we used to do and may enjoy again.
Sports are not only a chance to get out of the house and have fun; rather they are an excellent opportunity to fit exercise into your life. Work your entire body with cross-country skiing or challenge your coordination and balance with snowboarding.
The number one rule of thumb when choosing a winter sport is to make sure it is something you will have fun doing. Whether you prefer solo or group sports, participate in something that will motivate, inspire and cheer you up!
1. Something new
Why not try taking a risk and doing something completely out of your comfort zone when choosing a winter sport? If you’ve never been hiking during the winter, grab a set of poles or borrow/rent a pair of snow-shoes and start trekking for an adventurous, and heart-pounding, activity!