When thinking about wintertime activities that can bring satisfaction and provide cardio health benefits, a simple yet entertaining form of recreation is often ignored...snowshoeing! Many people use winter as a perfect excuse to enjoy the 'home comforts' of tasty food, warm beverages and indoor pleasures due to a lack of safe, affordable, and enjoyable activities to pursue. Snowmobiling, skiing, and snowboarding are three of the most common forms of winter activity that come to mind when one thinks of winter sports... unfortunately, for people in the age category of fifty+ these may not be easiest to get into due to the required time investment, relatively weaker health, and lower fitness levels involved. Well, with the advent of snowshoeing as a form of recreational enjoyment the time for enjoying warm hot chocolate and rich foods can be balanced with positive activity!
Modern snowshoeing doesn't require costly start up instructor classes like its counterparts (skiing and snowboarding) and has a smaller chance of minor and/or major sports-related injuries. If you'd like to get started, all you need is a modest pair of snowshoes (prices range from $70-200) and the desire to explore! There's a common saying among those who love snowshoeing: "If you can walk... You can snowshoe." If you just want to enjoy some scenic nature trails or look to continue the hobby of recreational running and/or walking well into the winter months, snowshoes are your first step toward being fit and active. For the cost of renting a pair of beginner's skis for only five days, you can purchase an excellent pair of snowshoes that you'll enjoy for many seasons to come, and the novelty of walking along the top of snow will make even your usual hiking places seem new and improved.