What better way to spend a morning with your favorite person than walking through the woods on a beautiful, crisp and clear day. If you love to hike in the Summer, you've got to try snowshoeing in the Winter.
If there's snow on the ground, snowshoes make it much easier to tromp around. Many gear stores that sell or rent skiis and snowboards also rent snowshoes. Go the day before to rents shoes and poles and ask about some great beginner trails.
What is so great about snowshoeing? It's easy to learn, inexpensive (compared to other winter sports), and it's like walking, so there's little risk for injury. Plus, it's a great cardiovascular work out - snowshoeing for 1 hour burns over 600 calories.
You've got the shoes and poles, but what about the rest of your body? What else do you need?
Before you head out the door, make sure you're dressed for the weather.
- Layer up with a Polypro or Wool baselayer, a fleece, and a waterproof down coat over it.
- On the bottom, wear a baselayer underneath snowpants.
- Make sure you have warm socks on and waterproof winter boots.
- Don't forget your warm hat and waterproof mittens too.
Fit's Tips: If you're really into snowshoeing, check out the Tubbs 2007 Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer. It's a benefit that involves snowshoeing walks, races, and free demos and prizes. It's a great way to raise money (and awareness) for breast cancer research, education, and treatment.