Winter Wellness Focus: 3 Exercise Options to Get You Fit (Even if You Work a Desk Job)

January 6, 2020
winter wellness hike

Tis the season to prioritize health and winter wellness! The weather outside may be frightful, but that won’t stop our Toronto fitness lovers from getting out and staying on track this winter.

Mary-am Suites has your winter exercise wish list covered. Check out these top 3 fitness options to keep you energized this season.

1.) Take a Winter Wellness Hike

Toronto’s gorgeous four seasons are a sight to behold. Bundle up and get outside at one of Ontario’s beautiful state parks. Run, walk, bike, or strike a yoga pose surrounded by the majesty of nature. Many athletes prefer training in the winter when the weather is cool and parks are less populated. Layer up and be sure to bring plenty of water, despite the chill in the air!

Scarlett Mills Park Trail

This 3.5 kilometer loop is a great snowshoeing trail in the winter. It’s an easy run or walk that features lightly trafficked woodland, a duck pond, and access to nearby James’ Garden. Accessible year-round, this trail is a go-to for outdoor recreation when the weather turns cold.

Sun Valley Loop

Located in the Crother Woods riding and recreation area, Sun Valley Loop is one of the more popular bike trails in Ontario. This moderately trafficked loop is often dry and temperate in the wintertime. The loop itself is ranked as easy for beginners, while connecting trails offer more moderate and difficult routes for serious enthusiasts.

Moccasin Trail Park

When it comes to viewing fall foliage, Moccasin Trail Park is the place to be. The serene pavilion offers the perfect venue for yoga on the lawn followed by a picnic at the pond (can you say cheat meal?).

Betty Sutherland Trail Park

If you’re looking for great dog-friendly trails in Ontario, Betty Sutherland Trail welcomes on-leash dogs for a jog, walk, or hike. The trail crosses a river and is home to plenty of native foliage and wildlife. A 3.5 kilometer out and back trek, Betty Sutherland Trail Park is also a favorite spot for bird watching in all seasons.

2.) Take the Workout Inside

Hitting the gym is a great way to stay accountable with a community of fitness lovers set on crushing their 2020 goals. Meet new people and stay connected to local happenings. Whether you’re enjoying an extended stay in Toronto for business or leisure, friends who work out together stay together.

Looking for a fitness centre close to home? Check out our premier suites for active professionals.

Maple Leaf Square

These ecofriendly suites are the ideal short term rental for fitness-savvy guests. A spacious indoor swimming pool offers winter exercise options along with a state of the art gym. A 24/7 fitness and weight room is available when it’s time to fight the winter blues with a bit of sweat and muscle building.


The Circa in Markham is centrally located at the hub of Highway 7 and Warden Ave. Furnished apartments are just a short walk to the fitness centre, indoor pool, sauna, and billiards tables. The convenience of nearby facilities will keep your winter wellness goals on track, even if you’re rushing between meetings and outings.

Mary-am locations have fitness centres. Exercise options to include: working out at gyms/fitness centres at Mary-am’s Circa (Markham) and Maple Leaf Square (downtown Toronto)

3.) Office Athletics for Winter Wellness

If you’re a busy professional, you may find it extra hard to get away from your desk and make time for exercise in the winter. Fight the urge to Netflix by inviting your colleagues to a winter workout group. Join a class or put together a running club. Not only will this foster some friendly competition around the office, but it’s a great way to stay accountable and make new friends.

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