Winter appears to be the worst time of year to get exercise and spend some time in the sunlight, but an effort to stay active can be rewarding.  Exercise fights the winter blues, not to mention toning the heart and controlling weight. If you work inside during regular business hours, your only time in the sun in December and January will occur on days off.
You may want to make taking a walk or hike a priority on days off in order to soak up precious rays. Boise’s parks and Greenbelt provide great winter walking paths. Visiting the Zoo is another attitude booster.
Here are some ideas for getting exercise on workdays in the winter. Be a mall walker at the Boise Towne Square. The doors are open at 6 a.m., and walkers are welcome from six until 9:30 a.m.
For the more adventurous, ice skating is offered at Idaho Ice World. A special adult skating time is set aside on weekdays during the noon hour. Family skating is available daily, and on Friday and Saturday evenings.
The Downtown and West Boise YMCAs sell day passes to their facilities. The Y is open weekdays at 5:00 a.m. and closes at 10:00 p.m. or later.
An outdoor walk after work is also possible.  If you don’t mind the cold, a walk in Downtown, BoDo, Eighth Street Marketplace, or the Edwards cinema complex on Overland might be appealing.

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