Updated: Jan 31

Taking a walk is a great way to be active, but in a cold or snowy environment, walking outside isn’t always appealing. Not to mention that taking the same walk every day can get a bit boring. Our team understands some of the nuances that come with ‘taking a walk’ and we are here to help you overcome them. In this blog, we talk about three alternative but accessible methods to stay active no matter where you are located.

 

Ice Skating


Not only is ice skating an exceptional indoor and outdoor activity for almost everyone, but it’s also a fun way to get moving. Ice skating can be just as great of an activity as walking because it works nearly every muscle group in your body! Additionally, skating helps with joint flexibility, gets your blood pumping and the heart rate up, can improve balance and coordination, and can even help relieve some stress. Skating can be hard to learn at first, but once you get the fundamentals down, it’s quite an exciting experience! Though it doesn’t snow or drop below freezing point everywhere, a simple Google search near you can help you find your next ice skating destination to stay active and have fun!


Live local to the Twin Cities of Minnesota? Here are just a few affordable, nearby places to visit for your next ice skating adventure!

-Centennial Lakes Park located in Edina, MN

-Guidant John Rose Oval located in Roseville, MN

-Parade Ice Garden located in Minneapolis, MN

-Central Park Ice Skating Loop located in Maple Grove, MN

 

Zumba


Finding different types of movement can help keep exercise interesting and enjoyable and make you motivated to keep doing it. One type of movement that can spice up your workouts is Zumba! Zumba is a form of dance exercise that allows you to be active and find community while having fun. The classes offered include a variety of dance types, so you are empowered to pick something you already enjoy or learn something new. As a full-body workout, Zumba has the potential to reduce stress, improve your heart health, and build endurance. It’s adaptable for people of all fitness levels and is therefore accessible to everyone.


Regardless of where you live, a Zumba class is never far away! This website can show you where Zumba classes are being offered near you. If you’re not ready to commit to getting a membership or paying for a class, you can also try it out at home by following along to free trial classes offered online. Whether you want the social experience of taking an in-person class or prefer to dance in the comfort of your own home, there’s something for everyone when it comes to Zumba!

 

Rock Climbing


Tired of trying to go on runs or lift weights at the gym to be active? Try rock climbing as your workout instead! It will get all of your muscles going and will have your heart pumping with adrenaline as you reach the top of the wall. And, most importantly, it’s fun! Rock climbing is a great new way to get active and switch up your usual routine. You’ll get your body moving for a few hours (or until your arms are too tired to keep going), and feel great after. You can go with friends or on your own to meet new people who love to climb too!


If you’re from Minnesota, try out the Minneapolis Bouldering Project! To climb for the day only costs about $12, and first-timers get free shoe rentals, too. If you have a fear of heights or falling, you can still go climbing! The floor of the Minneapolis Bouldering Project is covered in thick mats, so there’s nothing to worry about if you fall. Start with a beginner climb, and then work your way up when you keep coming back! Follow this link to check out their website, and pick a day to try your new activity–rock climbing!

 

We hope you enjoyed these activity recommendations and try some out. Don’t hesitate to share your experiences by posting your activities on social media with the hashtag #UnconventionallyActive ! Contact us for more information about the specific activity spots shared.



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