Why cope with cabin fever when you can tone up for summer fun during the winter? Depending on your concept of workout gear, at these stores you can buy sportswear and sporting goods. These goods are sometimes retailed at attractive discounts. Much of the active wear suits any season and can even double as attractive casual wear. So if winter sports aren’t your thing, at least you’ll be ready for the gym or fitness studio.

Midwest Mountaineering
309 Cedar Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN  55454
(612) 339–3433
www.midwestmtn.com

Midwest Mountaineering has clothing, footwear and a versatile collection of winter sports equipment. Cross country and downhill skis, skates, snowshoes, winter accessories and other winter outdoor equipment are on the rack. So is durable clothing made from the best merino wool. You can also get T-shirts, tops, legwear and shorts for the exercise studio or fitness club, or simply to wear as sporty casual. If you dare camp out in the cold or go on a glacial mountain trek, gear up first at Midwest Mountaineering. This store, after all, is for anyone who is a mountaineer at heart.

Thrifty Outfitters
309 Cedar Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN  55454
(612) 339-6290, ext. 4
www.thriftyoutfitters.com

This thrift outlet is just upstairs from Midwest Mountaineering, the sister store. A second source for clothing and outdoor gear, Thrifty Outfitters also has repair services and materials for outdoor equipment and accessories. The thrift store carries practical fashion wear for women, such as the one-piece pullover dress. If you prefer meditation to mountaineering or winter activities, or want to limber up before venturing into the winter cold outside, feel free to attend a free Saturday yoga class.

The Ski Hut
1032 E. 4th St.
Duluth, MN 55808
(218) 724-8525 – East Store

5607 Grand Ave.
Duluth, MN 55808
(218) 624-5889 – West Store
www.theskihut.com

The Ski Hut has two stores in opposite locations. If you don’t find what you want on in the store on the east side, go to the west side. The Ski Hut has lots of gear for winter weather and outdoor sports. Besides skis, the store has apparel and accessories, accessories within accessories, and more stuff too numerous to list. Deep in the basement is a staff of repair technicians, ready with the latest fix-it technology to service skis, snowboards and bikes.

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Martin’s Sport Shop
25451 Main St.
Nisswa, MN 56468
(218) 963-2341
www.martinssportshop.com

This Nisswa sports shop keeps you looking sharp on the ski slopes and at the health club. Martin’s has winter sportswear and outerwear from apparel brand names such as Helly Hansen, Columbia, The North Face, Dale of Norway, Zombie, SmartWool, Hestra, Auclair, Swix, Under Armour and Adidas. The store has plenty of footwear that allows you to walk and run in comfort. After a day on the slopes or at the gym, you can pad about comfortably in your stocking feet. Coordinate everything with ski equipment, ski boots or snowshoes. Martin’s also leases, rents and repairs skis.

Proozy 
2955 Lone Oak Circle, Suite 6A
St. Paul, MN 55121
(612) 808-8700
www.proozy.com

In addition to golf equipment, this pro golf store carries many winter workout essentials at generously lowered prices. This includes outerwear and clothing. Even golf clubs and golf club sets are deeply discounted. At Proozy, to spend less is to live more. For example, the portable latticed resistance training band sells at $8.99 instead of the regular price of $19.99. This handy isotonic device,  which conditions and tones the upper body and core muscles, fits into any carry-on or bag. Use it to keep in shape at home, at the gym, in the office or in the great outdoors. Calculating its year-round benefits is easy to figure out.

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Linda Cameron has written home design, home improvement and lifestyle articles for The Boston Globe and City Shopper Magazine. She has related interests in the building industry, travel, real estate and financing. She is a contributor to Examiner, House Spot, Techsling and Behance, covering topics on career, people, businesses, education and technology.

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