It’s not uncommon for people to become less active during the winter. With less sunlight and frigid cold temps, the tendency to hibernate is completely understandable. It’s also not surprising that with all those extra hours cozied up on the couch, Americans gain an average of five to seven pounds.
So how can you stay active as a company this winter? Below are 4 fun ways to keep you and your employees moving throughout the winter.
1. Sign Up For a Winter 5K
Runners are always looking for an excuse to get moving – especially during the coldest time of the year. So it’s no shocker that winter brings about an onslaught of fun and festive 5Ks. Create a challenge and offer your employees points for participating in a 5K of their choice. Consider offering bonus points or discounting registration fees if employees register as a team. Enter your location here to find upcoming races in your area.
2. Hit the Slopes
If you’re lucky enough to be near the mountains like we are at Limeade, then you’re well aware of the excitement that spreads when the passes start to fill up with snow. Round up your employees and hit the slopes for the day if you can. Check out these pics from our snowy adventure last winter.
Snowshoeing is an awesome way to enjoy a winter hike. It's also an amazing cardio workout - according to Snowsports Industries America (SIA), one hour of snowshoeing can burn more than 600 calories. This is also a great activity do as a group, offering plenty of opportunities to chat along the way. Check out this article for more information on how to plan your group adventure.
4. Grab Your Skates
Ice-skating is a great way to embrace the season while getting an awesome workout. There’s bound to be a wide range of skill amongst your employees so consider hiring a coach for the day. This is sure to bring about smiles and it packs a serious punch for calorie burn - the U.S. Figure Skating Association estimates that depending on weight, a recreational outing can burn between 250 to 810 calories an hour.