two people snowshoeing in winterWith colder temperatures, icy roads and shorter days, winter can be a difficult time to exercise for even the most avid of outdoorsmen and exercise fanatics. It can also be a time when energy and mood levels are low, and exercise is needed all the more. But while winter certainly brings colder temperatures, it can also bring you opportunities for a different kind of fun and exercise. Consider taking part in these activities ideal for adults, children, and families:

• Ice skating. Freezing cold weather brings one great benefit — frozen lakes and ponds ideal for ice skating. One of the most popular and inexpensive exercises, ice skating is a fun way to get your heart pumping.

•Ice fishing. Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean you can’t take part in one of the most relaxing and stress-free activities — fishing. Ice fishers drill holes in the middle of lakes and ponds and experience the thrill of bringing in fish.

•Sledding. Looking to feel young again? Then why not take part in a trusted childhood tradition — sledding? Sledding is great exercise and can be a fun, no-cost activity for your entire family.

•Snowshoeing. If you’re looking for a great cardio workout and a chance to be outdoors, try snowshoeing. You can strap on your snowshoes and go just about anywhere — trails, playgrounds, golf courses, etc.

•Skiing. Whether you’re an adventurer looking for the thrill of racing down mountains or a novice looking for a great way to get outdoors and get exercise, there’s no shortage of skiing options. Downhill or cross country, you’re sure to have fun, burn calories, and get some fresh air.

•Snowmobiling. If you’re really looking for a snow adventure, you can visit places that offer snowmobiling. You can experience the beauty and joy of nature and experience the thrill of cruising on miles of mountain trails.

Of course, once you do all these activities, you can take advantage of one of the greatest winter activities — sitting by the fire and resting your tired muscles.