英文: Staying warm in the winter

The winter season in Toronto is much longer and colder than it is in Osaka, so people have to be creative when it comes to thinking of ways to pass the time.  There are two options when it comes to winter activities, ones that are done outdoors, or ones that are enjoyed in the comfort of a warm building.

Outdoor activities in the winter need to involve a lot of movement, which generates energy and heat.  Things like skating and skiing are perfect for getting your circulation going, and therefore warming up.  In Canada, most of the small lakes, and some of the bigger ones, freeze over in the winter.  If the lake has completely frozen over, many people will use it as a free skating rink.  For smaller children not into skating or skiing, tobogganing is a fun way to get some exercise.  While sliding down a snowy hill on a sled doesn’t require more energy, climbing back up the hill to go again does.

Indoor activities require a bit more imagination and focus.  It’s easy to sit in front of the TV all day, but remaining in the same position is going to make you feel much colder when you have to move again.  Some Canadians have exercise machines, like a treadmill, in their homes.  Others have air hockey, ping pong tables, or dartboards.  Playing games is a fun way to pass the time indoors.  Because Canadian homes are so big and it’s easy to hoard things, it probably wouldn’t hurt to do a big general cleaning in the middle of winter.

Whatever you do please stay warm this winter!!