Skiing is always going to be my first choice of physical activity. It combines everything I like: speed, the outdoors, and snow! It is the perfect combination for me. Although skiing here can run from October/November all the way through April or May (early June in a good year), that is still nearly half a year of not hitting the slopes at all.
What’s a girl to do?
Well, considering the three things I love about skiing (I mentioned them above), mountain biking provides two of them – meaning it is a great summer alternative for me. I especially love that some of the resorts around here open bike trails in the summer. You can even take a ski lift up to some of them – that’s the kind of ride you’re in for. Love it! The weather here is often so nice and mild that you can get out there a lot. I try to ride as much as possible. It keeps my legs strong and my endurance up. It’s great.
Speaking of resorts, a lot of them have zip lines. If you’ve never gone, you totally should! I’m sure there is a lot that goes into being a zipline instructor, but for those of us just there for a good time, really the only thing you have to learn how to do is stop, and even that is a bit debatable – there’s typically an instructor at the end of the line there to “catch” you if necessary. You just don’t want to crash into them and knock you both off the platform. It feels a little like skiing! Ziplining can be a good upper body workout, and since you have to start high up, you may need to hike to the location. Way more appealing to me that just a regular old hike. There’s this great reward at the end, zipping back down to the bottom.
If careening down a mountain on a bike or a zipline isn’t your thing, there is another activity that I really enjoy: paddle boarding. There’s a bunch of places within around an hour’s drive of where I live that my friends and I can go stand up paddle boarding. While it doesn’t have the speed of mountain biking, there are plenty of benefits. Stand up paddle boarding gives you some excellent core and upper body workouts. It also helps with balance. Once you get the hang of it, it is really fun. I definitely enjoy it. If I go out with enough friends, we’ll get pedal boats. We’re usually too busy goofing off to realize that we’re really working our lower bodies. You notice it after you get out of the boat, though! And if you’re already near water, swimming is always a fabulous full body work out.
So these are just a few of the things I like doing in the warmer months when, unfortunately, there is no snow. What about you? What do you like to do to keep yourself active?