Like many people, I get attached to my fitness routine. When I was in San Francisco, my regular drill included some combination of tennis singles, yoga at home or in the studio, outdoor or treadmill runs, boutique fitness classes (the latest in rotation were Soul Cycle, Core Power and Barry’s Boot Camp), and quick HIIT sessions and ab routines either in the gym or at home. I’d also enjoy hikes and long walks with my dog.
In short, in SF, I had access to year-round great weather, practically unlimited boutique fitness options, tennis courts, a gym and circle of tennis/running partners.
Then I moved to Montana for the winter. Despite having easy access to beautiful nature and awesome skiing, I knew my fitness routine would require an adjustment. With only one good yoga studio in town, a small gym and one “boutique” studio (and definitely no tennis), my options were suddenly very different.
And then there’s the weather. While single digit temps and frequent snow and ice are great for skiing, they aren’t as conducive to, say, an outdoor run (at least not for me).
So just like it makes sense to “eat local,” I decided that while here, I’ll do my best to “work out local,” too. Here’s what that looks like in Big Sky:
Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing (instead of running)
Big Sky has a huge network of snow shoe and cross-country trails, and both are amazing cardiovascular workouts. Tim and I gifted each other snow shoes for Xmas, and we’ve been enjoying exploring the area around our cabin, often with Enzo. Ideally, I’d like to spend more time on these activities, and less time on the treadmill.
Cabin yoga and mat work (instead of studio classes)
While I’m sure I’ll hit up a yoga or spin class here and there at the local studio, it’s not as convenient as it was in SF. The studios are a solid 20-25 minutes down the mountain, and the schedule is limited. While our cabin is tiny, there’s just enough space to roll out my mat and do an online yoga session or mat workout. It may require an extra bit of motivation, but it’s less time consuming, cheaper and just as effective.
Although it’s very physical, I don’t usually think of skiing as a workout per se. But on a solid snow day, when I’m skiing more challenging terrain and maybe even hiking a bit, it’s phenomenal exercise. Not to mention the pushing and skating on the flats that adds up during the course of a normal ski day.
I’m excited to discover more ways to work out local this winter — I’d love to check out some backcountry touring, for example. So far, this experience has highlighted the fitness resources I took for granted in SF. Whether you’re temporarily living somewhere new, are on vacation, or simply don’t live in an area with a lot of studios, clubs and gyms, it’s very possible to take advantage of your local surroundings, climate and community to stay fit.