Saturday, December 19, 2009
For our 3 month Sparkversary in October my husband and I bought snowshoes. Having grown up in Northern Wisconsin, I have always hated winter. This year I decided that if I am truly going to become a fitness junkie, I needed to embrace the outdoors year round, regardless of season. So we bought snowshoes (and poles, winterized camelbacks, long underwear, thermal gear etc). And I waited for it to snow. We had one day of snow in late November, but not deep enough to snowshoe, so we hiked instead. Then I woke up this morning and saw a winter wonderland outside of my window. Time to find out how these things work!
We bought Atlas snowshoes on REI.com (I got the Elektra 12 series, and Ron got the Atlas 12 series) plus some midrange poles. We ended up with a high end pair because I wanted to be able to get a pair with a heel lift bar for some serious uphills (we do live in West Virginia, so going uphill here is a way of life), but there are also some very nice ones that you can get relatively cheaply. We walked down to a local golfcourse (about 1/2 mile from our home) and strapped them on. Very easy -it only takes about 2 minutes and you are ready to go.
And I LOVED it! I had no idea what to expect and thought that they would be awkward and hard to walk in. They were so easy - it was like gliding through the snow. It took me a little bit to figure out what it reminded me of, then I realized: it is the exact motion of being on an elliptical (which is probably my favorite indoor machine) . We snowshoed for a little over two hours and used every bit of energy in our body. My husband and I were like rag dolls by the time we got home, but it was so much fun! If any of you are looking for a new way to get active in the winter, I highly recommend snow shoes. I can't wait to get outside again tomorrow!
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!