Tips to stay active in the winter

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Your health is important in any season, but the Northland winter can make it difficult to stay active.

Jonny Kasper, Director of Health at the Duluth Family YMCA, said he understands why with the cold and the shorter daylight hours, it’s harder to find time to get outside.

He suggests mixing up your routine in the winter with skiing, snowshoeing, running, or walking and hiking.

“Duluth has some really good hiking that you can take advantage of that you can go out for like a mile hike and just see some really nice views,” Kasper said.

To keep yourself safe while you’re out recreating, he recommends dressing in layers, staying hydrated, eat something before you go, and bring gear like walking sticks or spikes for your shoes.

Kasper says there’s no reason you can’t set up a little walking course in your house if you prefer to stay indoors.

If you’re feeling in a winter rut, he recommends setting a new goal that’s achievable and finding something you truly like to do.