When the frigid air sweeps through New York City, the change in weather usually shoos residents indoors. During the winter, it is not difficult to polish off a few television seasons you may have missed, eat all of your favorite snacks in one day, meet a few friends out for drinks at night and occasionally go to gym. If you’re finding yourself getting cabin fever from this common winter regimen, here a few suggestions that will help to break up the cycle.
One way to get your self out of the house, is to find a trail and go on a hike. Winter in the woods is much different than any other season and worth exploring. The environment is very peaceful around this time since, most plants and animals are preparing or have already gone into hibernation. Mother Nature is constantly changing so; there is always something new to see. Another perk of going on a hike, is it will allow you to reconnect with nature and act as a nice break from the buzzing city. If you’re thinking of planning a trip and are new to hiking, check out our “Step Into The Great Outdoors” article for a few tips on how to prepare for your first trip.
If you’re not quite ready to take a day trip out of the city in the dead of winter, but are still looking for a little adventure, explore the great indoors at your local rock climbing gym. Often times rock climbing gyms have a one-day fee that will include admission to the gym along with all of the necessary belaying equipment. This great indoor activity will help to exercise your mind and body in one clean swoop. To find a climbing gym near you, check out the Climbing Gym Classifieds on Climbing.com.
The last suggestion, which is a lot easier than you would think from the Big Apple, is to go skiing or snowboarding. In New York, there are plenty of shuttle and lift ticket deals through local ski, snowboard and even skate boarding shops that go to some of the best mountains in the North East. Being a snowboarder myself, I have done some research and plan on taking a trip with Blades, a two-location skate shop in Manhattan. They offer a variety of snow trips with various price points based on the location and package that you choose. Their list of destinations ranges from Killington and Mt. Snow in Vermont to Hunter and Camelback Mountain in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. To check out their full list of trips check out the calendar on their website. Whether you are just beginning, or have been skiing or snowboarding for years, taking a trip out to a ski resort is a great way to break up the winter blues.
Exploring the wonders of winter can be a blast, all you have to do is bundle up and face the elements. The three activities above are not the only ways to break up the winter season. If you have anything to add to our list we’d love to hear about it. Feel free to comment below and tell us what you’re up to this winter!