Archive for June, 2012

Fun and Easy Activities to Stay Fit This Summer
June 11, 2012

Many athletes use snowshoeing as cross-training for their summertime activities, such as running and cycling, but have you ever considered summertime as a great way to stay fit for snowshoeing and the Romp?

Get out and walk or run!
Summer is a great time to take advantage of local 5k runs and walks to keep you in shape for the winter season. Look for events that promote fitness, help worthy causes, and look like a lot of fun. If you’re looking for a cause to support, and an excuse to wear that tutu again, there are race series across the country like (our personal favorite) the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®. If you’re looking for something fun, you can find races that let you run through mud, get chased by zombies, or get splashed with colors. We love events that encourage participants to get creative and more importantly healthy, like these types of 5k races!

But what if you just don’t enjoy running? Well, that’s our favorite part about summer; there are endless options to staying fit! There are tons of choices out there, from kayaking, hiking, cycling, softball, or walking around your neighborhood to get you outside and active. Even 20-30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise helps to keep your heart healthy and keep your legs strong for winter snowshoeing.

The Romp’s Premier Dealer Partners have some great classes available throughout the summer to give you an opportunity to try out some new activities. Our Washington and Oregon Dealer Partner REI, has classes on activities ranging from paddling sports to outdoor photography to hiking through their REI Outdoor School. Our Minnesota Dealer Partner, Hoigaard’s also offers great events throughout the summer – we suggest trying out their Nordic Walking classes. For you East-Coasters we suggest checking out EMS Outdoor Schools for a climbing class, kayak tour and more. If you need gear for any of your new adventures, be sure to check out our Colorado Dealer Partner – Sports Authority, or our Utah Dealer Partner Kirkham’s Outdoor Products.

While the Romp is a beginner-friendly event, simple training in the summer can help you have a more enjoyable experience out on the trails. Try going for a walk 2 times a week this summer to help build those leg muscles, and you might be surprised at how much easier the Romp trail may seem. Once you build up a strong routine over the summer, you’ll be ready to work on Danelle Ballangee’s Snoweshoe Training for Winter Fitness. Already a seasoned stomper? Try trail running this summer, and who knows, you might be ready to do our 3k Snowshoe Race next winter!

What are some of your favorite ways to stay active in the summer?

Romp to Stomp Team