Five Cold-Weather Fitness Ideas

No one could blame you for taking a lax approach to fitness as another  Boston winter nears. But the more you work out now, the fewer pounds you’ll have to drop when it’s spring again. Here are five ways to stay active during the cold months, even if hitting the slopes isn’t your style!


1. Hug It Out

  • For those who need moral support on a chilly winter’s morn, the fitness group November Project meets Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, year round, for Harvard Stadium runs and Summit Avenue hill slogs. .
  • Free, locations vary,


2. Hit the Ice

  • You can play the goofy hockey-inspired sport known as broomball in your sneakers, so if skates aren’t your thing this is perfect for you. Social Boston Sports’ low-key league meets at Brighton’s Reilly Memorial Rink.
  • $90 per season, 355 Chestnut Hill Ave., Brighton, 617-987-0602,

cold-weather-fitness-workouts.jpgPlaying Broomball with Social Boston Sports gives non-skaters a chance to have fun on the ice, too.


3. Sled the City

  • Trekking up a hill can be a great workout. For optimal climbing, try Peters Hill in the Arboretum—it’s steep enough to make you pant, and the fantastic skyline vistas on the way down are a welcome reward.
  • Free, 125 Arborway, Boston, 617-524-1718,


4. Take a Hike

  •  Hingham’s World’s End is an excellent choice for moderately difficult hiking with major visual payoff. Even as you immerse yourself in nature, you can see the city in the distance.
  • $6, Martin’s Lane, Hingham, 781-740-7233,


5. Shovel Snow

  • Once the snow starts falling, join Ethos’ AgeWell Snow Angels, a group that clears driveways for elderly West Roxbury residents. It’s a win-win: You’ll help seniors stay safe, and burn up to 900 calories in just two hours.
  • 617-522-6700,

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