Winter Physical Activity in Central Wisconsin

Group of friends joyfully ice skating indoors, reveling in winter activities in Marshfield, WI, and the inviting atmosphere of Central Wisconsin's indoor ice rinks.

Winter in Wisconsin is a beautiful time of the year, but it can also be a challenge when it comes to staying active. 


When it’s cold and the days get shorter, it’s so tempting to hunker down with a good book on the couch. But keeping up with some physical activity is important for staying healthy. Whether you’re a student, a busy parent, an athlete, or an older adult, staying active matters, especially when winter hits. In this blog, we dig into why staying active in winter is crucial and share ideas for exercises both indoors and outdoors to keep you moving. And as a bonus, we’ve added links to some cool local spots you might want to check out!


Why Winter Physical Activity Matters

The importance of winter physical activity can’t be stressed enough. The benefits extend beyond just keeping your body fit. Regular exercise during the winter can uplift your mood, boost your immune system, and enhance your cardiovascular health. It’s a powerful tool for combating the winter blues, reducing the risk of illness (hello daycare parents!!), and maintaining heart health.

One of the benefits of winter physical activity is its positive effect on our mental well-being. Physical activity triggers the release of endorphins, our body’s natural mood lifters, and serotonin, a neurotransmitter associated with feelings of happiness. So, even a brisk walk or light stretching can significantly impact your mood. This is even more crucial during the winter months when the nights are longer.

Winter physical activity also plays a crucial role in boosting your immune system. Regular exercise enhances the production of antibodies and white blood cells, which are vital for fighting off infections. This is especially beneficial during the winter months when viruses are more prevalent.

Lastly, winter physical activity contributes to cardiovascular health. Activities like brisk walking, jogging, or skiing can strengthen your heart and improve blood circulation. Regular exercise can also help maintain a healthy weight, contributing further to heart health.

Remember, safety is crucial. Always dress appropriately for the weather, stay hydrated, and be mindful of potential hazards. If you have any pre-existing health conditions or concerns, it’s always wise to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new exercise regimen.

Embracing the Outdoors: Winter Activities in Central Wisconsin 

Don’t let the cold keep you cooped up inside. Winter in Central Wisconsin offers a unique opportunity to enjoy outdoor physical activities. Whether you’re an experienced athlete or just looking for a fun way to stay active, here are some winter activities you can enjoy:

Skiing and snowboarding: Experience the thrill of gliding down snow-covered slopes. We are lucky to have a few local options for skiing and snowboarding such as Granite Peak, but also aren’t too far from bigger “resorts” like Big Powderhorn in The U.P. of Michigan

Two friends having a blast sledding in the snow, embracing the winter fun in Marshfield, WI, and Central Wisconsin's scenic winter wonderland.Sledding: This isn’t only an activity meant for families with children; you can also grab a sled and head to the hills with your friends! Walking up the hill will help you rack up steps and cardio, and the payoff is the exhilarating sled ride downhill. Our favorite local hill is Powers Bluff, only 14 miles from Marshfield.

Ice skating and hockey: Lace up your skates and glide across the ice, indoors or out. This winter activity doesn’t just keep you active; it also enhances balance, coordination, and strength. Given the scarce snow this winter, we recommend exploring the Marshfield Area Ice Arena.

Snowshoeing and winter hiking: Strap on your snowshoes or hiking boots and take in the beauty of Wisconsin’s winter landscapes. These activities are excellent for cardiovascular workouts and engaging your leg muscles. Remember to wear appropriate footwear and dress in layers to stay warm. We recommend you check out Powers Bluff or Nine Mile near Wausau.


Staying Active Indoors: Exercise Options for Winter

Bad weather days in winter don’t have to keep you from staying active. There are plenty of indoor exercises that can keep you moving and help you maintain your fitness goals:

Home workout routines: Design a workout routine that you can do at home. There are numerous online resources and fitness apps that provide workout plans and videos for a variety of exercises. Find a routine that matches your preferences and fitness level.

Virtual fitness classes: Many fitness studios and gyms offer virtual classes that you can join from home. These classes range from dance workouts to Pilates, kickboxing, and more. Explore your local fitness centers or search online for classes that match your interests.

Indoor sports and games: Enjoy indoor sports and games to stay fit and have fun. Consider indoor soccer, basketball, volleyball, curling, or even table tennis. These sports provide an opportunity to socialize and have fun while staying active. If you prefer solitary activities, you can try skipping rope, hula hooping, or dancing to your favorite music.


Staying active during winter is crucial for maintaining your overall health and well-being. We encourage you to find an indoor or outdoor exercise option that suits you and to make it a part of your regular routine. Don’t let the cold weather be an excuse to skip your workouts!

If you need guidance or support in easing pain or discomfort to fully take in a Wisconsin winter, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment at either of our centrally located clinics in Marshfield or Auburndale, Wisconsin.

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