It’s cold and grey and snowy outside. Curling up with a warm blanket and a book sounds much more inviting than facing the frigid winter weather. However, there are several important reasons why staying active in the winter is good for not only your physical health but your mental health as well. First, getting active outdoors boosts your immunity by keeping the lymphatic system up and running. Second, you can keep away those aches and pains that result from sedentary behavior. Third, breathing in that fresh winter air can do much for cleansing, calming and relaxing your mind. Luckily, Colorado offers a host of fun and exciting winter adventures to keep you outdoors.
Here are five great ways to stay active this winter:
Shameless self-promotion is not beneath us. This holiday, give an experience with a Vela Adventures gift card. We offer women a five-star outdoor adventure experience where busy ladies can just show up for an exciting outdoor activity and everything from drinks to lunch is taken care of. For the lovers of the outdoors, for the seekers of adventures, for the conquerors of challenges - give these ladies the gift of adventure.
$50 - $150
The Avid Hiker
If you have a die-hard hiker on your list who treks in the winter, they will love the Katoola MICROspikes. These stainless steel spikes and chains strap on to the bottom of a hiking boot to provide extra traction on icy and slick winter trails.
The Winter Explorer
When the snow and the cold won’t keep her inside, make sure she can stay warm with the Zippo Pocket Hand Warmer. Whether she’s in snowshoes, on cross-country trails or ice skating across frozen ponds this hand warmer will ensure her hands stay toasty for hours.
The Smartphone Addict
We all have one on our list! And, they will love you for these REI Tech-Compatible All-Season Gloves that will keep their hands warm and protected from the elements while checking texts and emails.
The Ski Bunny and/or Backcountry Shredder
After spending all day in ski boots the tootsies can really need some TLC. We’ve got a great gift idea for the person in your life who spends much of their time on the slopes. Check out the Moji Foot PRO – a compact foot massager that relieves pain by digging deep into muscles and tissue.
More and more women are moving into the male-dominated sport of fly fishing. And, a Colorado-based, woman-owned company is helping this move by offering beautiful fly rods designed just for girls and women. You can build and customize your rod by selecting the color, reel, handle and more.
$435 and up
The Hot Yogi
When it’s cold outside nothing sounds better to many yogis than a steamy hot yoga session. Help her keep from sliding around on the mat when things get sweaty with Gaiam’s Bella ToeSocks. Cute colors, well-made and super functional all add up to the perfect stocking stuffer.
Vela is all about fun and adventure!