Like a lot of people, I am pretty good at making New Year’s resolutions, but not the best at keeping them. Every new year I vow to work towards a healthier lifestyle, and every year I do well for about a month. This year, with the Winter Olympics happening in PyeongChang, South Korea I have been extra inspired by the athletes to try to last a little longer than a month. Surely if they can train every day for hours on end to meet their Olympic dreams, I can manage an hour or two a day, right? The problem is I dread going to the gym and it can get expensive! So, with the Olympics as my inspiration I have found some fun winter activities that won’t break the bank. You can do them solo if you need a little me time, or the whole family can join in on the fun!
§ Hiking: I recently discovered winter hiking and I love it. I have gone every weekend since the first of the year. It’s free and it’s fun! My toddler loves it too. We keep the hikes short, no more than 1.5 miles when the little one goes with us. You get a great workout too, plus with everything covered in snow the scenery is beautiful. The metro parks are great for hiking in the Dayton area! So grab a ski coat and some boots and check out their hiking trails! https://www.metroparks.org/things-to-do/hiking/
§ Ice Skating: Okay, this one is definitely inspired by the Olympics! The way the figure skaters twirl on the ice is so fun to watch, it makes me want to give it a try. There are a few rinks to choose from in the Dayton area. Prices range from $5-$8.50 for admission with skate rental prices ranging from $2-$3. For more information check out one of the four rinks below!
§ They also offer Curling!
§ There is a discount if you are a resident of Kettering
§ Mall Walking: Sometimes it’s just too darn cold to be outside, especially in Ohio. We all know the weather can be unpredictable in our neck of the woods, but don’t let that stop you from staying active! Mall walking is a great way to get in some steps while staying warm, and maybe do a little shopping. Towards the end of my pregnancy, I went mall walking every day since it was too uncomfortable to walk outside. You can do it alone, or with a group and it’s completely free! So check out your local mall and get moving!
§ Skiing: If you like my page on Facebook you will know how much I love the skiing events at the Olympics. While it isn’t exactly the best option money wise, it is a lot of fun. However, there are a lot of ways to make it cheaper. While it’s a bit pricier on the weekends, going during the week drops about $10 off the price of admission at Mad River Mountain. Going in the evening during the week drops the price even further. Fridays are college days, and if you are a veteran or active duty military you can see discounts each day. Not a skier? No problem! You can also go tubing, which is easier on the pocket book. For more information check out : Mad River Mountain or Perfect North
o Fun fact: Olympian Nick Goepper got his start at Perfect North Slopes and he took Bronze in the men’s slopestyle event in PyeongChang!
Sometimes you can even find a discount at your local gym. Often, when they think they are seeing a drop in membership and attendance, they will begin to run specials or sometimes even hold free events to help boost membership.
So, whatever your activity of choice, get out there and get moving!