5 cool sports for the cold season

When the days start to get shorter and the nights longer, most of us try to avoid the cold by staying inside. But have you ever thought about doing the exact opposite and consciously exposing yourself to the cold? Let’s take a look at activities best suited to the cold, so we can use those low temperatures to our advantage.


If you like it ice cold then cryotherapy is for you. It involves exposing your body to extremely low temperatures of -150 °C for two to five minutes in a cold chamber which is operated either electrically or with nitrogen. The experience has a positive effect on the body – injuries are regenerated, sore muscles are soothed, and even the appearance of the skin improves.

Cryotherapy regenerates injuries, soothes sore muscles, improves the appearance of skin, reduces stress and pain and boosts the metabolism.

In addition, cryotherapy can reduce stress and pain and boost your metabolism. Cryotherapy has a positive effect on your psyche because the cold releases mood-boosting hormones such as adrenaline, noradrenaline and endorphins. If you want to try cryotherapy for yourself, then venture into the cold chamber at Cryopoint Berlin, CoolZoone Köln or Cryo & EMS by fitness & friends.

Ice skating

Ice skating is a classic sport that isn’t just great for kids. If it’s been a while since you skated or if you’ve never skated before, don’t worry – you’ll get the hang of it quickly and will be gliding across the ice in no time. Skating, just like inline skating, is the same as riding a bike – you can’t forget it. Ice skating is best enjoyed with friends and a good dose of silliness. You can celebrate your progress together and enjoy a warm cup of cocoa at the edge of the rink once you’re finished. You can ice skate in Hamburg at Eisland, in Berlin at Alte Eisbahn Lankwitz, in Cologne at Lentpark Eisarena or at Düsseldorf Eissporthalle



Whether it’s winter or fall, the cold weather usually makes us want to stay indoors. But why don’t you venture outside instead and hike through nature in the ice and snow? The fresh air will do you good – the cold weather transforms the landscape, you can enjoy some peace and quiet as fewer people will be outdoors, and you can explore your home country and see new places on foot. Afterwards you can warm up at home having earned your evening under the blanket. At the Skigebiet Brauneck, you can take the mountain railroad to lofty heights and enjoy the panorama view from there. 

Skiing and snowboarding 

Skiing and snowboarding

Speaking of mountains – why not venture onto the slopes and have fun skiing or snowboarding? Skiing activates your entire body as the slightly squat motion works your legs, buttocks, abdomen and back. In addition, your increased heartbeat and blood pressure will strengthen your cardiovascular system.

Skiing activates your entire body and strengthens your cardiovascular system.

On the other hand, snowboarding trains your balance and coordination. The Skigebiet Spitzingsee-Tegernsee is ideal for beginners and families as experienced skiers can take the lift to the Roßkopf and enjoy the short but challenging downhill run or the long black Grünsee run. Make the most out of winter!

Outdoor fitness

Outdoor sports

Those who prefer to work up a sweat with an intense workout can get their bodies in high gear with outdoor functional fitness. Brave the cold with a challenging workout that will warm you up fast. Exercising outdoors in cool temperatures has its advantages: it strengthens the immune, respiratory and cardiovascular systems and boosts fat burning. Just make sure you wear appropriate sportswear. Experience Outdoor Functional Fitness in special locations in Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, Düsseldorf and Essen with SHIFT.

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