You all know by now that we love to hike here at twowildtides. We just love the slow pace, the opportunity to get your heart rate up while still taking in the gorgeous scenery and breathing in fresh, clean air.
Hiking in the winter is a totally different story from summertime hiking. The air is obviously much chillier and if you live in a northern climate then it is likely that there is snow on the ground. When the snow starts to pile up we certainly recommend snowshoes, but here on the east coast we don’t quite have enough snow to break those guys out just yet.
My dog loves frolicking in the snow (almost as much as me!) and getting him out is the perfect motivation for me to get my butt out the door even on the coldest of days. I always go to a low traffic area so I can let him off his leash. Trying to keep up with my dog is a workout in itself!
It is super important when exercising outdoors during the winter to keep yourself well hydrated. Dry winter air zaps any moisture your body is retaining, especially if you are working up a sweat. Drink lots of water and a little moisturizer wouldn’t hurt either!
Another reason hiking in the snow is great is because of the resistance the snow provides- just like running in the sand. You have to work twice as hard to take steps, which really helps to get your heart rate up and also tone your thighs and glutes. Make sure to wear warm, waterproof boots or your hike won’t be much fun at all.
Choose trails that are scenic and exciting. Perhaps they are known for wildlife sightings or boast stunning views. Go somewhere completely new, you never know what you will stumble upon. And don’t be afraid to ditch the frequented paths and break your own trail- advice that applies well to hiking, and even more so to life.