Unique Ways to Stay Fit in Ann Arbor

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With the fresh new year and resolutions abound, I have to say, the parking lot of my regular fitness club has never been more packed. 

But, can you say “Brrrrr…?” I mean, come on! Whether we like it or not, winter has officially arrived. The seasonal shift can often disrupt regular fitness routines as we bundle up and become more sedentary. The cold weather and shorter days often make it less appealing to leave the fuzzy slippers behind.

Ditch the same old routine

So, why not try something new? Perhaps shaking up your fitness routine will motivate you to get out of the house. Have you ever considered the grace and strength required for aerial arts or the fast-paced excitement of badminton? How about pickleball, a growing sensation that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong?

These activities aren’t just great workouts; they are also incredibly fun and engaging. Trying something new can reinvigorate your fitness journey, challenge your body in different ways, and maybe even spark a new passion. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to meet new people and expand your social circle, which can be especially uplifting during the shorter, darker days of winter.

Switch it up to the inside

For those who love the great outdoors but find the winter weather a bit daunting, taking your favorite activities inside is a great option. Indoor swimming pools offer the chance to continue your laps without the summer heat. Running enthusiasts can hit indoor tracks to maintain endurance and pace in without a treadmill. Indoor cycling classes can replicate the thrill of outdoor biking with the added bonus of energetic music and a group atmosphere.

Taking these activities inside doesn’t just keep you warm; it also adds a new dimension to your workout, allowing you to focus on technique and enjoy a different, yet familiar, environment.

Embrace the snowy landscape

For the winter warriors who can’t wait to bundle up and head outside, Ann Arbor’s winter landscape offers a playground of possibilities. Cross-country skiing through a snowy trail not only provides a phenomenal cardiovascular workout but also allows you to connect with nature in a serene, almost magical setting. Ice skating, another winter favorite, combines fun with a great workout for your legs and core. These winter-specific activities aren’t just about staying fit; they’re about embracing the unique joys of the season. The crisp air, the quiet of a snow-covered park, the joy of movement in a winter wonderland – these experiences can turn the coldest months into the most memorable.

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The key to staying active in Ann Arbor during winter lies in flexibility and a willingness to adapt. Whether it’s switching up your workout routine with new indoor activities, embracing winter sports or bringing your outdoor routine inside, there are plenty of ways to stay fit and enjoy the season. This adaptability not only keeps your body in shape but also adds a refreshing variety to your fitness journey, making the winter months an exciting time for personal health and wellness. 

Fitness ideas:

Arial and Circus Arts




Cross-country skiing


Ice Skating

Martial Arts


A photo of a pickleball paddle.
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Pole dancing

Rock climbing




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