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When the weather forecast starts to reveal numbers in the negatives, many of us tend to take that as a sign to stay indoors. It can take a lot of motivation to get up from the couch and toss that weighted blanket to the side because, in the winter months, it’s natural to want to hibernate in our warm homes.
There are a lot of benefits to spending time outdoors in the winter. Exposure to daylight will raise your serotonin levels and lift your mood. When that sunlight hits, our energy levels increase as well as our alertness and ultimately our happiness.
Winter has its own wonders, and we can reprogram our minds to embrace the outdoors with all the beautiful snow and activities the season has to offer. Think sledding, skating, skidooing, hot chocolate, snowflakes and more. The excitement for winter doesn’t have to stop at Christmas.
We’ve selected 11 products that will help you look forward to spending more time outdoors this winter.
Skating is a great activity to enjoy with your family in the winter. You won’t have to spend a lot of time lacing these skates up because of its easy lace system with reinforcement lace loops.
SHOP IT: Sport Chek, $100
This ankle-high winter boot is perfect for heavy snowfall with its waterproof material and insulation for warmth and protection. A good waterproof boot is essential to enjoying your time outside in the snow.
SHOP IT: DSW, $120
This full-zip hoodie is built for warmth and comfort with its heatloft quilted stretch fabric that brings superior body heat retention without adding weight. It also has NB Dry, a fast-drying technology that pulls moisture away from your body, making it the hoodie to wear to the slopes.
SHOP IT: New Balance, $140
Nothing is worse than wet socks in the winter! These lightweight socks have a waterproof-breathable material to keep your toes warm and dry when the weather decides to go against your plans.
SHOP IT: MEC, $60
This compact and portable hand warm doubles as a phone charger. All you have to do is press and hold the switch button for 5 seconds, and the heat will start to release. There are three different levels of heating for your to pick from.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $36
If you don’t want to slip on the sidewalk during icy conditions, strap these ice cleats onto the bottom of your boots for safety.
SHOP IT: Sport Chek, $30
Having a Fitbit will help you become more motivated when it comes to your outdoor walks. It helps you achieve your goals of walking 10,000 steps or more a day and even reminds you to get up and move around during your workday. Don’t forget to challenge your friends with Fitbits to walking competitions as well!
SHOP IT: Best Buy, $430
A snowboard will get you out of the house and over to the ski hill to spend hours in the sun. Hit the slopes for a heart-pounding workout outdoors.
SHOP IT: Sport Chek, $480
A good winter coat is essential for going outside in the cold weather. This insulated waterproof jacket has a reflective lining and synthetic insulation to make sure to keep you warm on snow days.
If you want to keep your hands warm during a winter walk but you also want to be able to send a text message, these are the gloves for you. These softshell gloves feature a touchscreen-compatible palm.
SHOP IT: The North Face, $70
Keep your coffee or tea warm while you’re outside with this self-heating travel mug. Its touch-sensitive buttons allow you to heat your travel mug to your desired temperature in less than 10 minutes.
SHOP IT: Wayfair, $147 (originally $240)