Americans gain an average of 5-7 pounds in the winter. This is due, in part, to a decrease in physical activity. But don’t let cold weather stop you from being active! In Utah there are lots of great outdoor opportunities to get physical activity and avoid winter weight gain. As an added bonus, research shows that being in nature can improve health, promote reflection and innovation, and even strengthen relationships.
Here are some ways that you can get out and get moving this winter.
Visit Southern Utah
In January, the average high temperature in St. George is a mild 54°. There are lots of hiking and biking trails throughout St. George and the surrounding areas. Whether you want a casual walk or an expert hike, you can find something to meet your needs with beautiful views and unique scenery.
Take a Winter Hike
Even in the cold temperatures of Northern Utah you can bundle up and find a great winter hike. Remember to dress in layers, bring plenty of water, and be prepared for any unexpected change in the weather.
Try a Winter Snow Activity
Living in Utah gives you the opportunity to experience some of the best skiing in the world. Skiing is a great way to get aerobic activity, but it also improves mental, social, and emotional wellness. But you don’t have to downhill ski to get the benefits of being active in the outdoors, you can also snowboard, snowshoe, and cross country ski.
Make it part of your New Year’s Resolutions to be active in the outdoors this winter!