Ice skating and skiing in Regina area

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Scared you’ll fall and make a fool of yourself if you try skating? Just go stand on the ice and take pictures – no one will know the difference when you post it! Loly Galina via Unsplash

Whether you gravitate towards exercise solo or in groups, winter doesn’t mean the end of your opportunities

Hot chocolate with marshmallows, cozy sweaters, warm and minty candles, and blazing winds – winter is known for its coziness for some, and its seasonal depression for others. As the weather gets cooler and the roads get slippery, it becomes harder to stay active and continue the habits we’ve built over the summer.

It’s important to note that our bodies generally tend to slow down during the winter. That is normal and okay. If you find yourself slower or more tired, let this be a reminder that you are not alone. Amidst all of this, it’s important to implement at least some form of exercise. Sometimes going to the gym all of the time is draining and you just want to be outside for once. There are many outdoor activities perfect for this, my favourites being ice skating and skiing.

Ice skating in Regina is something that is easier to do in comparison to other places. For starters, there are many outdoor ice skating rinks in the city, my favourite one being the one in the downtown area. It is a beautiful, cozy location where they also serve hot chocolate and coffee sometimes. The lights are absolutely breathtaking and make the experience much more entertaining. It is a good way to be active because you can go alone without actually being alone. You can also bring some friends over if you’d like – they are beginner friendly, so you can find chairs there sometimes to help you balance if you’re still learning. The people are friendly and they will help you stand up if you fall down. There are many other outdoor skating rinks, such as the Grassick Playground Outdoor Rink, the Leslie Park Rink on Victoria Avenue, and the Lakeview Park Rink, among many more.

Skiing is also another great form of staying active because it is an outdoor sport. If you are someone who is looking to burn some calories and strengthen your muscles, skiing is just the sport for you. I find that skiing is one of those things that allows you to focus on one thing. It is a somewhat healing sport that allows you to focus on your surroundings and enjoy them. It is always something that helps improve my mood.

What makes it even better is that it is accessible in and around Regina. There are many places in Regina and a little bit outside the city that provide places for skiing, and normally have rentable equipment available – there are even resorts, and Sunshine & Ski Ltd is one of them. There is also Kinsmen Park Cross Country Ski Trails. Mission Ridge Winter Park is another place that offers not only skiing but also snowboarding. It is currently closed, unfortunately. However, if you are in need of some winter outdoor sporting equipment, then Fresh Air Experience is the best place to go. They have equipment for skating, skiing, snowboarding and more.

As the weather gets colder, it is important to continue taking care of ourselves. It is important to move your body and get some exercise, and outdoor winter activities are the best way to do so. They are fun activities because you can do them alone, but there is also the option to do them with other people, making the experience even better. That is why I think that winter gives us an opportunity to embrace the changing seasons and appreciate the opportunities it can give us to stay fit.

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