Winter isn't a thing to be dreaded. It's a season to take on its own terms. You can't bend and shape winter into summer. There's no need to run from it. There's no need to moan about it. There's a beauty and simplicity about winter.
You're only given so many daylight hours, so you have to make the most of them. I like making my house cozy and firing up the crockpot and sipping tea as much as the next gal, but I've found the trick to loving winter is embracing the cold and getting outdoors.
Someone wise once told me, there's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing options.
True story for this Maryland girl.
My problem with winters wasn't the cold it was two-fold. I didn't have any winter activities and I had ALL THE WRONG GEAR.
About 15 years ago, I took up winter sports. First downhill skiing, then cross-country skiing, then I added in snowshoeing. And it's made all the difference. If you are new to winter sports, might I suggest you give snow shoes a first try. It's a great workout and doesn't require a ton of gear.
Snows Shoe Tips for Beginners
Start with sturdy boots. I wear my hiking boots with a thick sturdy sole when I snow shoes. They are easier for the snow shoe bindings to grab onto.
Pick an easy flat trail to start. You'll need a little time to figure out the movement.
Walk wide! You'll need to walk with your feet wider apart than normal. This way you won't trip on the frames.
That's it...it's just a walk in the snow.
When it comes to what to wear, layers are key for snowshoeing. You need winter for all these activities, and I've come to know that winter can provide pleasures that summer just can't give me. Just as I need a good sunscreen in summer, in winter, I need a strong regimen to keep my skin looking and feeling good.
Our skin is the largest and most important layer to prioritize for care and protection. When I'm getting ready for all my outdoor fun, I start with Lubriderm® Advanced Therapy Lotion.
Go into any sports store to research snow shoes and you'll hear about how important layers are. Start with the right lo Lubriderm® Advanced Therapy Lotion. It moisturizes your skin for 24 hours. So even if you've showered and moisturized the night before, you're still covered.
After your skincare, be sure to put on some base layers with synthetic wicking fabrics. Next you'll need a bit of insulation. I added a down vest to keep my core warm. After that I add waterproof pants to keep the snow off. Next is a hat and great gloves. Really, not too much gear involved.
The right gear, the right attitude and the right skincare will have you thinking about winter in a whole new way. Lubriderm® is great for keeping skin healthy and moisturized during cold, dry months. Make Lubriderm® your first layer of defense against winter and go out there and try something new.
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