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4 Outdoor Winter Activities For People That Hate Skiing

4 Outdoor Winter Activities For People That Hate Skiing

Depending on where you live, winter can be very long and dreary. It may be pleasant for people that enjoy skiing and snowboarding, but everyone else has a hard time making it through the winter.

Fortunately, there are a lot of other outdoor activities for people that don’t want to ski or snowboard. Here are a few that you may want to try.

1. Hunting

If you live in a wooden, rural part of the country, you probably have a lot of wild game near you. You may have a great time hunting.

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The best place to start is your local Fish and Game office. Here are some things you will want to find out:

  • How many animals are you allowed to hunt? Be sure to do a little research on what types of animal you can kill and when you can do so. You should also be aware of the fact that hunting laws differ from state to state.
  • What requirements do you need to meet to be certified to hunt? You will generally need to be able to kill a large animal (such as a deer or moose) with a single shot because they don’t want injured animals walking into traffic or getting stuck in people’s swimming pools.
  • What is the best game to hunt in your area? You can usually hunt deer, moose, rabbits, and a lot of other game.
  • Where are the best hunting locations? Your local Fish and Game office usually has a great list.

If you have never been hunting before, you can usually get good tips from other hunters in your area. They may know of some good places that no one else has heard of.

2. Snowshoeing

According to research from Snowsports Industries America (SIA), nearly 4 million people go snowshoeing every year. It can be an exciting way for people of all ages to spend time outside.

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If you are interested in trying snowshoeing, here are a few things you’ll want to know:

  • Find a snowshoe that fits your foot properly. This will make everything a lot easier.
  • Start off on level ground. Unlike skiing and snowboarding, you will have a much easier time going snowshoeing on level ground. It takes a lot of energy to lift your legs with a snowshoe attached to your foot. It’s even harder while fighting gravity.
  • Plan a short trip the first couple of times. It takes time to condition yourself to going on long snowshoeing excursions because you are using different muscles than you would for running. You probably don’t want to go more than a quarter mile each day on your first couple of trips.
  • Dress in extra layers. Some people dress down a little in the winter. That may be okay when you are outside for 10 or 15 minutes, but you can develop hypothermia if you are out for longer than that. Snowshoeing takes time and you won’t be able to rush back if you start getting cold. Put on a few more layers than you usually would when going outside during the winter. Drake clothing tends to be good for winter weather.

Snowshoeing is a lot of fun, but it takes time to get used to. Be prepared and be patient.

3. Snowmobiling

Snowmobiling is another popular activity you may want to get into. You can buy a used snowmobile for as little as $2000.

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If you have never gone before, you may want to ride with a more experienced snowboarder. There are over 3,000 snowmobiling clubs in the United States and Canada. You may want to check them out and see if anyone wants to ride with you.

You’ll also want to know where the best snowmobile trails are.

4. Winter Amusement Parks

Believe it or not, some amusement parks are open during the winter. Santa’s Village, Silver Dollar City, Hersheypark, and Kennywood are a few of the best.

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Of course, Disney World is also open during the winter, but you will have to pay close to $1,000 for each ticket. It’s better to find less popular places.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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