Now that we’ve started 2016 in Michigan, I’m sure we’re all thinking of what we can do better in the New Year. New hobbies, new goals, new workouts, and new places to see. Personally, I want to continue to push my limits in 2016. I want to take up kite surfing, go on more backpacking trips, and spend every night possible under the stars on our many beautiful beaches.
Michigan is one of the best places in the world to go outside to find healthy activities that are fun, active, and pure. Whether you’re planning on taking up new hobbies, you’re looking to have some fun in the snow, or you’re wanting to push your own limits in 2016, we have the list to help you push towards a happier, tougher, and more adventurous New Year. I’ve compiled a list of 5 ways to push your limits in 2016:
Create an Ice Golf Course
For this activity, all the hard works goes into creating the course. On a frozen lake, go out and shovel an 18-hole putt-putt golf course. Be creative and add twists, turns, and snow mounds. Shoveling that much snow is going to be a hefty workout, yet creating the course is going to be fun and creative. After the putt-putt course has been cleared, take an ice drill and drill small holes into the ice that don’t break through to the bottom; this creates the course holes. Now, you’re almost ready to play! Invite friends over for a putting party, and make sure you play with colored balls because good luck finding white ones in all that snow.
Freediving pushes anyone’s limits, creates strong lungs, and is always a good workout. Not to mention, it often takes you to breathtaking places all around Michigan. Some of my favorite spots are: a freighter that shipwrecked off the shores of South Manitou Island, crystal clear rocky bottoms of Beaver Island, and choppy coves of mystical Lake Superior at Presque Isle Park. Swimming is a great way to get a workout without thinking too hard about it, and the hobby itself is quite inexpensive. Those who freedive only need to pay for goggles and transportation to the location, so there is no excuse not to try it!
Complete the Board Trifecta (Snowboard, Wakeboard, and Surf)
If you decide to take this charge on, you’re going to be set on workout hobbies for the entire year. Snowboarding will rock your winter, surfing in best in the spring and fall, and wakeboarding is prime in the summer months. If attempting to learn three new sports is intimidating, know that once you complete one, the other two follow in its footsteps. I began with snowboarding, which led to surfing, and then to wakeboarding. Each time learning the new sport got easier and easier, because the balance and weight shifts are similar for all.
Hiking is usually a leisurely outdoor workout, but then snow hiking requires and bit more physical exertion. Snow hiking is best after a fresh snow, where no footsteps have created a path and glimmering ice crystals line tree limbs. Lake of the Clouds in the western Upper Peninsula is a relatively common summer hike, but making the climb in the winter is much more demanding and much more rewarding. Turnip Rock is a beautiful winter hike along the Port Austin shoreline and ice allows it to be accessed by foot, unlike in the summer where kayaking is the only option.
Run a 5k
From the Color Run, to the Warrior Dash, Brooksie Way, and the Run from Hell, Michigan offers dozens of 5ks throughout the year. Many who enter do so with friends, family, and kids to turn an active event into a fun-filled day of spirit and memories. During the summer months, 5ks can be found every weekend around the state – so walk, run, or even skip into one in the 2016 season and start training now!
What other ways are you planning to push your limits in 2016? If you want more ideas or recommendations in your town, make sure to comment below.