5 Tips to Stay Active This Winter

This is definitely one of the coldest winters that I remember in a long time , but that hasn’t stopped the Tribe! Just because Jack Frost is lingering outside your door, doesn’t mean it’s time for hibernation – in fact, hibernation isn’t an option!

Here are 5 tips to keep active outdoors this winter!

1. Dress For The Weather.

Layering is key. Many of the tribe team who are going on their first winter run  ask about clothing and layers when getting active in the cold. Here are some tips:

  • choose technical exercise clothes and outerwear
  • first layer should be thin and thermal layer — a moisture wicking tank top and fleece lined tights
  • mid layer is about warmth –  a lightweight fleece hoodie or jacket
  • outer layer should protect you from the winter or rain —think  a jacket/shell or vest, and pants. This outer layer should give you warmth without bulkiness and enable you to peel off the layers as you heat up.
  • top it of with hat, mitts, and a scarf as appropriate

Still need help? Check out this handy guide from Runner’s World!

2. Make a Date (with your real family, or fit family).

Two facts: 1. Healthy misery loves company.  2. You are less likely to bail on a friend then you would on yourself. So, on these cold winter days invite a friend and get a move on! Whether it’s a new hobby (see below) or simply a walk in the park. Make a date and stick with it. If you’re looking for a team to start running with, #JoinTheTribe!tribe 2

3. Learn a New Hobby (or Pick Up An Old One).

Winter is a great season for outdoor sports! Whether you are learning one for the first time or revisiting one from your past so much fun can be had on the hills, or around them. Downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snow shoeing, and ice skating are all great snow-based activities that are a lot of fun even for beginners. If this is your first time on the slopes or on the ice, consider taking lessons, either weekly or one off, to learn from a pro and be successful from the start.

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4. Start Simple: Walk.

If you haven’t been active in winters past, walking is a great way to start moving and get used to the cold.  There’s no need to wait after work hours, consider starting a noon hour walking club at work and get outdoors during your lunch. Make sure you are dressed for the weather!ski

5. Play!

Take a hint from the kids (either yours or someone else’s) and just go outside and play! Build a snowman, throw a snow ball, get a move on, and have some fun!  Playing outside is fun at any age.

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How do you stay active in the winter? Share your ideas in the comments below!

Yoga for Snowboarders

After an amazing long weekend of snowboarding in Quebec, I knew after my first day on the slopes that my body wasn’t going to forgive me if I didn’t take the time to stretch before hitting the après scene. Quads, hamstrings, shines, calves, and arches were all killing! – The first ride of the season is always so much fun!  So here are a few of the stretches I did to relieve my sore muscles and get me ready for another great day on the slopes.

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Standing Back Bend

tremblant 2013 051 Directions: Standing in mountain pose with big toes together and heels slightly apart, place hands on the lower back and gently arch the spin opening through the chest looking up.


  • Stretches shoulders and chest

Chair Pose

tremblant 2013 052Directions: Stand with the bases of your big toes touching, heels slightly apart.  Inhale and raise your arms perpendicular to the floor with palms together or keep the arms parallel to the floor. Exhale and bend your knees, bringing the thighs as parallel to the floor as possible. Hold for 30seconds to 1 minute.


  • Strengthens the ankles, thighs, calves, and spine
  • Stretches shoulders and chest
  • Stimulates the abdominal organs, diaphragm, and heart

Big Toe Pose

IMG_2975From standing position with feet six inches apart, exhale and fold forward. Bend knees slightly if pressure is felt on the lower back. Head should hang heavily from the upper spine. Slide the index and middle fingers of each hand between and around the big and second toes gripping the big toes firmly. Press your toes down against your fingers. Bend your elbows out to the sides, pull up on your toes, lengthen the front and sides of your torso, and gently lower into the forward bend. Hold for 5 to 10 breaths.


  • Calms the brain and helps relieve stress, anxiety and mild
  • Stimulates the liver and kidneys
  • Stretches the hamstrings and calves
  • Strengthens the thighs

Garland Pose


Squat with your feet as close together as possible. Separate your thighs slightly wider than your torso and lean your torso forward fitting between your thighs. Press your elbows against your inner knees, bringing your palms to together in prayer. Hold the position for 5 to 8 breaths, then inhale, straighten the knees, and stand.


  • Stretches the ankles, groins and back torso

Downward Facing Dog

IMG_2965Directions: From Garland Pose, exhale placing both hands on the floor and step back lifting the seat towards the sky. Spread hands and feet as they are pressed onto the floor. Focus is on lengthening the upper body. Legs should be straight, but may be bent as needed. Hold for 5 to 8 breaths.


  • Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression
  • Energizes the body
  • Stretches the shoulders, hamstrings, calves, arches, and hands
  • Strengthens the arms and legs

Low Lunge

tremblant 2013 057Directions: Beginning in Downward-Facing Dog pose, inhale and step your right foot between your hands into a lunge. Lower your back knee onto the floor, placing the top of your foot against the ground. Bring your hands to your right knee while sinking your hips toward the floor. Hold for 5 to 10 breaths, and then repeat on the other side.


  • Stretches the hip flexors, and hamstrings
  • Strengthens the legs


pigeonDirections: From Low Lunge, bring the right leg forward in front of the body with the right knee bent and the foot flexed. Extend the left leg behind the body with the left toes on the floor. To extend the pose, place the left hand or the left forearm on the floor. Hold for 5 to 10 breaths, and then repeat on the other side.


  • Stretches the thighs, groins and psoas, abdomen, chest and shoulders, and neck
  • Opens the shoulders and chest

Kneel with Toe Stretch (knees on floor)

tremblant 2013 069Directions: Kneeling with the toes tucked under bring the seat back towards the heels sitting the body back and opening through the chest.


  • Stretches thighs, knees, ankles, and arches

Kneel with Shin Stretch

shinDirections: Kneeling on the floor, sit back on your heels lifting your upper body slightly, and flattening your feet on the floor. Slowly sit back on your heels. Hold for 5 to 8 breaths.


  • Stretches thighs, knees, ankles, and shins

Bound Angle Pose

coblerstremblant 2013 061Directions: Sit on the floor, or with your pelvis on a blanket, bending your knees, pulling your heels toward your pelvis. Drop your knees out to the sides and press the soles of your feet together, bringing your heels as close to your pelvis as possible. Always keep the outer edges of the feet firmly on the floor. If the arches of your feet are sore, massage them with your hands or grab the big tie of each foot with the first and second finger and thumb. Stay in this pose for 1 to 5 minutes.


  • Stimulates the heart and improves general circulation
  • Stretches the inner thighs, groins, and knees

 Legs up the Wall (modified)

legs u wDirections: Sit sideways to the wall (or chair) with your right hip touching the wall. Exhale and, with one smooth movement, swing your legs up onto the wall and your shoulders and head lightly down onto the floor. Keep your legs relatively firm, just enough to hold them vertically in place. Stay in this pose anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes. To ext the posture, carefully roll onto your side or use your legs to push yourself away from the way. Stay on your side for a few 5 to 10 minutes, and come up to sitting position with an exhalation.


  • Relieves tired or cramped legs and feet
  • Gently stretches the back legs, front torso, and the back of the neck
  • Relieves mild backache
  • Calms the mind

And just for fun and because I’ve mastered it on the left side (woo hoo) – Grasshopper!