Outdoor activities in Michigan are plentiful, and winter is no exception. Whether your family enjoys a walk around the neighborhood, shooting baskets in the driveway, or hiking in the woods, don’t let the cool winter air stop you.
My favorite winter activity is hiking. I look forward to spending time with my family outdoors, away from the dings, tweets and chimes of social media and other technology. If you leave your phone indoors, you, too, can thoroughly enjoy being in nature.
Snow offers added opportunities. Tobogganing, sledding, snow shoeing, cross country and downhill skiing are popular among those who venture out. Want to stick closer to home? Build a snowman or search for animal prints in the snow before going back inside to warm up.
Being active not only contributes to your physical health, but your overall wellness. Studies show that being active outdoors boosts our social emotional and mental health, something that people can struggle with more during the short days of winter.
Not sure where to start? Try a local park. Our community is fortunate to have many that are accessible throughout the county, and many offer scheduled activities during the winter months.
Make the most of our winter weather, and help to instill lifestyle choices that support physical activity in our families. Welcome winter, and the activities that you can enjoy in the snow! Get out and enjoy all our beautiful state has to offer, and don’t forget our official state motto: If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you!
Nicole Miller is the athletic director at Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit.