#ygkChallenge: Winter Activities

winter activitiesWelcome to Kingstonist’s weekly challenge, dare, resolution or whatever you prefer to call it. Each week we establish a new and ambitious community goal, encouraging our readers, followers, friends and families to step out of their comfort zones and do something great, and hopefully a little out of the ordinary. Consider this your official and personal invitation to join us in completing a small but meaningful achievement. By taking part in this community-wide initiative, we hope to make Kingston a slightly better place to live, work and play. And of course, we also hope that you will feel proud of your contribution and achievement.

This week’s challenge encourages you to:

Participate in Winter Activities! It’s time to come out of hibernation Kingston. Fall in love with winter again! February is Heart Health Month and what better way to get your heart pumping than to participate in some local winter activities. You could hike over 150km of breathtaking trails at Frontenac Provincial Park or lace up your skates at Market Square skating rink, which is free to the public and open daily from 8:00am until 10:00pm. Tired of walking? Why not strap on a pair of snowshoes or cross-country skis and head to Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area. For under $6 you can spend an entire day connecting with nature while burning a lot of calories. Did you know that one hour of winter hiking can burn as much as 450 calories? Regular exercise is key to being heart healthy. It reduces your stress level, lowers your blood pressure and LDL (bad) cholesterol level and in turn reduces your risk for many serious health conditions such as heart disease, type II Diabetes, and cancer. So get out there and participate in the many activities Kingston has to offer – snow and all!

Sign up and commit to completing this week’s challenge by commenting below with an “I’m in“, “challenge accepted“, “en garde” or something along those lines. Further, help us spread the word via Twitter and Facebook by sharing the link and encouraging the participation of your friends and family. By joining together in our weekly challenge, we hope to accomplish big and positive things for our community.

Thanks to Clover_1 for today’s photo.

Alanna Kuhn

Alanna Kuhn has retired as a contributor to Kingstonist. She is a Naturopathic Doctor and co-owner of Kingston Natural Route Health. She regularly contributed to Kingstonist's weekly #ygkchallenge, encouraging Kingstonians to explore healthier lifestyle options.

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