Okay, so you can’t exactly inline skate through two-foot drifts of snow. Winter in Minnesota is nothing without the white stuff. And after the blizzard this weekend, you might want to escape the confines of the house and release a little pent-up energy. So how does one do this when one craves the speed of skating?
Switch to ice
Trade your inline skates for ice skates and spend an hour or two at a local ice rink. Besides exercising similar leg muscles, you can grab some hockey sticks and a puck and enjoy a pick-me-up game with friends, or maybe even try figure skates to practice your olympian jumps and spins. Here are a few popular downtown rinks:
- Landmark Center (St. Paul). The rink is small, but skate rental only $2 and the surrounding city lights are beautiful at night. Free for Wells Fargo customers.
- The Depot (Mpls). It’s a large indoor rink in a wonderfully warm space. Bring some cash, as admission is $8 and skate rental is $7.
Don’t like ice skating? Avoid the cold and snow entirely by skating indoors at a local roller rink, like the Woodbury Fun Zone Skating Center east of the Twin Cities or the Rollerblade Rollerdome in Minneapolis. You can also check a comprehensive list to find a rink near you.
Winter is the perfect time to test out a new fitness routine and practice some quality cross-training. Too much of one form of exercise can actually work against you, as your muscles become acclimated to the type of movement and aren’t as challenged anymore. If you do a lot of inline skating, for example, you might want to try jogging or an elliptical machine for a few weeks to shake things up, or switch to biking or rowing. Yoga and pilates are excellent core-strengthening options, and cardio kickboxing and dance classes are a fun way to get your heart rate up. There are many different group exercise classes offered in the metro area; check your local gym for details.