Winter Trail Walks
This time of year is often a low point for avid walkers and outdoor lovers, as snow and wintry weather pushes them indoors. However, winter can be a particularly beautiful time of year and not much is more invigorating than a brisk winter walk. This year, why not continue to spend time outside, taking winter trail walks?
Winter walking presents dangers, just as summertime walking does. The more severe your weather, the more careful you need to be when walking. You will need to wear appropriate clothing and always make sure you have proper footwear for you winter walking.
Dress warmly and be prepared for the worst weather. The best way to dress for cold weather exercise is to wear layers. When you warm up from the exercise you can strip off layers so you never become over-heated. Nor will you suffer from being too cold. Make sure you wear clothes that are waterproof and breathable. In addition always have a good hat and pair of gloves. Your hat should cover your ears, since they are particularly vulnerable to the cold, as are your fingers and hands. Wearing a hat is one of the most effective ways to preserve body heat.
Shoes are a very important aspect of winter walking. Your shoes should be heavy duty and waterproof. Make sure you have good tread so you will be stable on any winter surface. If you don't feel safe enough wearing only a pair of shoes, you can get cleats that can be put over your shoes. These cleats are very stable on ice and other winter surfaces.
Instead of using regular shoes when you go on a winter walk, consider trying a pair of snowshoes. Snowshoes are a fun way to enjoy your trail. You will be more stable on the snow and you will get a better workout. If you don't already have a pair of snowshoes, you can rent some from your local ski shop. With snowshoes, you will still need to wear good waterproof shoes. If you have a good pair of snowshoes, you will be able to explore much more of your trail and the surrounding area during the winter.
Another accessory you may want to try using are walking poles. You may see people using these throughout the year when they are walking. Poles are a helpful accessory for winter trail walks; they will aid you when you need to walk through deeper snow or steep hills. Both snowshoes and poles will give you added stability and security during your winter walk.
You may find that some of your favorite trails are closed during the winter. Spend some time finding a trail that is open and safe to walk on during the winter. If you can't find a trail that fits your requirements, you can come up with an alternative plan. Walk around your local neighborhoods to view the holiday lights or go to your local park where you will probably find some sort of walking trail that is accessible during the winter.
Winter walking gives you the opportunity to truly experience the beauty of winter in your area. You will see snow and ice, admire the way the snow coats the trees, and hear how winter muffles some of the sounds of nature. The colors will be vastly different, with everything coated in pristine white. It may even snow while you are out walking.
Winter is a very beautiful time of year. We rarely get the chance to enjoy the winter since we are busy with the holidays and we tend to avoid the cold. Winter trail walks show you the subdued and understated beauty of winter.
A trail that normally gets lots of traffic may be empty during the winter. When you embark on trail walk in winter you may find that you have your favorite trail all to yourself. You can experience nature during winter alone. Notice how things are different when people no longer travel along the trail everyday.