Stay active and fit this winter

Resist hibernation with these winter activity suggestions. The bottom line—keep moving!


The Yakima Valley offers many opportunities to enjoy the weather while staying active. Sometimes, though, it’s hard to make the push when the couch is cozy and you have a good book.

Resist the urge to hibernate

To motivate yourself to get up and out, find some winter activities you truly enjoy. Skiing or snowboarding come to mind. You can also get a workout by:

  • Building a snowman or making snow forts or snow angels
  • Bird-watching and walking at the Yakima Arboretum
  • Ice skating at the Yakima Ice Arena or Chalet Place Ice Rink
  • Hiking, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing—check for local events
  • Sledding with (or without!) the kids—especially if you’re designated to haul the sled back up the hill every time
  • Cutting your own Christmas tree—hike into the woods with your permit from the Naches Ranger Station and choose your own tree!

If the cold is just too much, get creative inside. Speed walk in the mall, take a yoga class or dust off the treadmill. The primary goal is to keep moving! Watching a movie? Make up a circuit-training routine: sit-ups, jumping jacks, planks—whatever is appropriate for your exercise level.

Moderation, not deprivation

It can be challenging to enjoy the holiday parties and gift baskets while keeping the scale from tipping, but it is possible. You can include your favorite treats during the holidays without overdoing it.

Here’s to a fit and fun winter season, Yakima!

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