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Cold weather doesn't mean end of fun

Many people equate the warm weather with outdoor fun. After all, winter is for huddling inside by the fire sipping hot cocoa, right? Not necessarily. Although there may be the tendency to want to hibernate when it's cold, it's actually beneficial to get out of the house and stay active. Enjoying the outdoors year-round provides exercise, may alleviate seasonal blues, and can offer new perspectives on natural landscapes.

The cold weather shouldn't hinder outdoor activities. Here are some fun pursuits anyone can enjoy. Best of all in this economy, most are free.

•Get moving. Running and walking enthusiasts are generally out rain or shine. Just because it's cold doesn't mean you have to put these activities on hiatus. Set up a club of like-minded enthusiasts in your neighborhood and meet for a daily jog or stroll each day. Experiment with different routes and even stray "off the beaten path" once in a while. Who knows what winter wonderland you may discover? Don a few extra accessories, such as a hat and gloves to keep away the chill, but don't over-bundle.

•Enjoy winter sports. Skiing, ice skating, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice fishing, and sledding are just some of the winter sports that you can enjoy. What's more, they can often be a family affair and tailored to all different skill levels.

•Explore new activities. Some people think that activities such as hiking, horseback riding, mountain climbing, and cycling are just for the warm weather. In fact, with the right gear these pastimes can be enjoyed any time of year. Camping outdoors at a state park may take on an entirely new perspective when there is a chill in the air. Hiking during the colder months could open you up to different foliage and opportunities to see animals that delight in cold weather. There are even those who enjoy a cold-weather swim. "Arctic" or "polar bear" clubs abound.

If you think creatively, there are plenty of fun ways to be active when it is cold outside. Even a trip to a local park to feed the birds or enjoy an impromptu winter picnic may fit the bill.

When staying active during the winter months, be sure to put safety and fun first.

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