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NO MORE CABIN FEVER!!!!!

It seems the older I get, the more I hate winter.  I love snow, but I hate driving in it and it gets dark so freakin early that you miss those happy sunshine-y days.  This winter, I’ve got a game plan and I’m not going to end up stuck inside, bored and munching on a plate of Christmas cookies.
What’s my secret?  I’m going to embrace the cold.  There are so many activities to keep you busy even with snow on the ground, there’s just no excuse to be a winter bum.  The nice thing is that most of these activities end up being a workout in and of themselves, which is great especially if you can’t stomach running on a treadmill all winter long.

 

 

Snowshoeing Workout

Snowshoeing is probably going to be the number one thing I get into this season.  I live around many parks and nature preserves that allow for great hiking, but obviously deep snow can provide numerous challenges.  Snowshoes are the perfect winter hiking accessory.  They allow for more stability while walking in snow and ice, but also they are huge calorie burners!!!  We’re talking 480 calories an hour just going at a walking pace.  Not only that, but they are easy, easy, easy to use!  If you can walk, you can snowshoe.  It is also low impact, so if you have knee problems or other health issues this is a great option!  There is little equipment required.  Snowshoes, boots of any kind and warm clothes!  Just remember to wear layers that you can peel off or put back on as needed.  For those runners who want to trail run in the winter, snowshoes allow for running in the snow as well.  It’s a great activity to get you out in nature and mixes up your typical workout day.

 

 

 

Snowboarding

Snowboarding and skiing are two other winter activities that, although more expensive, are a ton of fun!  The amount of calories you burn depends on how hard you push yourself.  Still, you are strengthening your legs and ab muscles while going down the hill, especially if you are carving down the mounting.  There is equipment involved, boots, skis or board and winter clothing.  Plus you’ll need a lift ticket, which at a lot of places is expensive.  BUT there are ways to keep the expense at a minimum.  Don’t go out and buy this stuff before you’ve at least tried it to see if you like it.  Most ski hills offer rentals for the boots and board/skis so there isn’t a need to purchase these things right away.  Also, find out if your ski hill has discount days.  If you are really ambitious, get a part time job at the ski hill.  My mom did that for my brother and I as kids so that we could get family passes, for free!

 

 

Ice Skate Date

 

 

Ice skating is another fun winter activity.  This is much more economical than snowboarding and skiing because most ice skating rinks offer rentals and are less expensive in terms of fees to get in.  On average, a 150 pound person can burn almost 400 calories ice skating at about 9 mph.  Plus, it’s great for date nights or family activities!  What better way to mix up the winter boredom than to go ice skating?  You get a workout it, you have fun and it doesn’t take long to get the hang of it.  Even if you fall down, you just laugh it off and keep going.  If your town doesn’t have an actual indoor rink, many cities will flood the parks in the winter so that people can ice skate on it.

 

So these are just a few ways to avoid the boredom and monotony that the winter season so often brings.  I’m actually looking forward to winter now that I know I have other options than just sitting inside with the boob tube.

The Best Exercise You’re Not Doing

Most of us want a sexy back, perky boobs and a tight stomach.  Most of us don’t have a ton of time to spend doing a million exercises over and over with little results.  Most of us want one exercise to do it all.  Well, this is one of the best fitness moves and it works everything. With this one exercise, you’ll tighten your glutes, arms, core and shoulders and you’re chest will thank you too!

What is this one move?  It’s the push-up.  Yes, push-ups are the miracle exercise.  You torch calories and tone nearly everything.  They are hard, but they are effective.  Plus there are a ton of variations to make them easier or harder.  The most important thing, is watch your form.

Basic Push Up

The Basic

Now here, you’ll start in a plank position.  Then lower your body till your elbows are at about a 45 degree angle.  Keep your back flat, do not arch your back or allow your hips to sag.  Then push back up to starting position and repeats.  If your wrists are aching, try using dumbbells or push up bars to allow for a more full range of motion and to take stress of the wrists.

During the exercise, if you can’t keep from arching or sagging, move to your knees until you are strong enough to do one with proper form.  As you get stronger, you’ll begin on your toes and do as many until your form breaks, and then move to your knees.  You’ll find yourself being able to do more and more on your toes.

Do not get discouraged if you aren’t able to do one push up on your toes to begin with.  I wasn’t able to do one either.  My husband would help support my torso and watch my form to make sure I could do it correctly.  I built up a lot of strength and now I can do 20 without stopping.  This really is a great exercise.  My abs look great since I’ve been doing them and so do my arms and chest.  You will feel strong and look toned.  Give them a try!

If you want more variations, check out Womens Health online.  They have great tips!

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/perfect-pushup