After a holiday season of eating and eating and eating, many of us are packing gyms, trying to get back in shape for the New Year. Your exercising options in the winter might seem bleak. Gyms can be crowded and, if I can editorialize a bit, running on a treadmill is boring. The good news is running outside in cold winter months can be a great alternative. “I think it’s wonderful to be out of doors in the winter," said Sarah Thompson, a Health and Wellness Lecturer at Binghamton University.