Skip Nav
Beginner Fitness Tips
If You Don't Know Michelle Lewin Already, Her Instagram Will Make You Wonder Why
Healthy Living
20 Ways to Chill Out and Help Stop Stress
Health News
Beer Yoga Is Totally a Thing, and We Want to Sign Up ASAP

Get Your Vitamin H: Outdoor Hockey

I spent three days deep in hockey country of the twin cities of Minnesota. In those three days I was inundated with hockey — starting with a late night viewing of the movie Miracle about the 1980 gold-winning Olympic team, followed by cheering for my nephew in a game of pee-wee hockey, and culminating in playing a game of hockey with kids ages 5 to 45. Yes, when you're skating outside on a rink made in the local park by flooding a baseball field, you become a kid again.

With light snow falling, I played my first pickup game of hockey and gosh-oh-gee it was fun. Playing hockey is a workout that I like to call intervals on ice. It is serious anaerobic training as you sprint between the goals, switching between defense and offense. It is a scrappy game, but important to follow the no checking rule, especially when playing against men a foot taller and children a foot shorter than yourself, as was my case.

The thrill of chasing a puck on ice makes time fly by as you burn plenty of calories. Dressing in layers is key; once you start moving you're going to want to peel the top layers off and I recommend base layers with wicking properties because you will sweat. If you have padding or gear I recommend it, since falling is a common issue with beginner players and ice is not so soft. I also think a helmet is a good idea — protect your noggin from a hit on the ice. The day after the game, I was sore in my forearms and low back, so make sure to stretch out your wrists and do some spinal twists post game.

If you live in a wintry place, outdoor hockey is a great way to exercise and it's cheap. You don't have to pay any rink fees. Any hockey players out there?

Image Source: Getty
Around The Web
Join The Conversation
Merlin713 Merlin713 6 years
Too bad you missed Hockey Day here in MN! You were in the cities, while Hockey Day is by Duluth. Would have been a trek (2 hours) but worth it.
Simone Biles Shuts Down Haters | Video
Tarte Lifted Mascara Review
Underground Trampoline Park | Video
Pole Dancer Greta Pontarelli | Video
Augmented Rock Climbing Wall (Video)
How to Lose Weight on Vacation
What It's Like Being a Traveling Yoga Instructor

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Fitness
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds