Canadian "Polar Bears" won't need fitness equipment - on Jan 1, at least
If you're like many other Canadian women and will resolve to get fit in 2010, chances are you're looking for some new fitness equipment to help reach your weight-loss goals. This year, start your new exercise plan early - on New Year's Day, in fact - rather than nursing yet another nasty hangover.
Adventurous "polar bears" who don't mind sub-zero waters can let their gleaming fitness equipment sit for one day longer if they choose to participate in one of Canada's annual New Year's Day Polar Bear Dip events.
Some do it for charity, others because it might be good for the cardiovascular system. All participants, however, willingly leap into - and swim in - freezing lake or sea waters. The Prince George Citizen highlights the local Lake Ness dip, where organizers have to cut through 12-to-14-inch thick ice to expose the water underneath.
Many swimmers take the plunge for charity, but it might also be seen as a cleansing ritual - a way to start the New Year.
If you prefer exercising in a nice, warm home, there are plenty of affordable fitness equipment options to help you kick -start and maintain that weight loss resolution.