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December 16, 2013

Get-fit Getaways

Three Ways to Kick Start Your New Year’s Resolution this Winter in Wisconsin

January is the season of resolutions. For many, their New Year’s resolution involves getting in shape. But during the winter, the typical fitness activities like walking, running, hiking and biking are difficult to do. Luckily, Wisconsin offers some fun winter alternatives.  Here are three healthy winter activities and the best places in Wisconsin to do them.

snowshoeing

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing is an activity nearly anyone can enjoy. Wisconsin is one of the best places in the Midwest for snowshoeing. The numerous tracts of public land scattered throughout the state are crisscrossed with hiking trails that become snowshoe trails during the winter.

Boulder Junction, located in the middle of the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest in northern Wisconsin, is surrounded by great snowshoe trails. One of the most popular is the Lumberjack Trail. The trail runs for 12.5 miles through towering pine forests. It’s the perfect place to get fit with a winter walk.

skiing

Cross-country Skiing

Wisconsin’s most popular winter cardio workout is cross-country skiing. Choose from hundreds of great designated cross-country trails throughout the state. Most trails are groomed regularly and provide dependable skiing throughout the winter.

One of the best trails in the state is located in Rusk County. The 12-kilometer Sisters’ Farm Trail System runs along the Flambeau River and provides skiers with great views of the winter landscape. The trail is groomed for both skate- and classical-style skiing. It’s a good trail for beginners, with some trail loops suitable for expert skiers.

geocaching

Geocaching

Geocaching is a treasure-hunting game played with a handheld GPS unit. Players search for hidden caches using just coordinates. It’s a year-round activity and the perfect way to get a little exercise in the outdoors. Winter happens to be an ideal time for geocaching.

If you’re going to go geocaching, the best place to be is West Bend, the “Geocaching Capital of the World.” This charming community boasts more than 1,200 caches within a 10-mile radius. You’ll search for caches in historic neighborhoods, along beautiful trails and in snowy parks. Get out there and do some treasure hunting this winter!

View more places to go snowshoeing, skiing and geocaching.

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