Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Getting Exercise in When Snowed In

By Amy M.

There’s a winter storm outside and you’re snowed in once again.  Don’t let that deter you from your plan to get your exercise in for the day.  It is so easy to push your plan by the way side and watch television shows, movies all day or catch up on house work.  However, you can still do those things and keep moving and stay on track.  You can walk in place, do jumping jacks or stairs during commercials while catching up on your favorite television show.  While watching a movie you and your family could pick a word or phrase that is said in the movie and do squats or jumping jacks every time you hear it. You could also pop in an exercise DVD, fitness video game or go online and download a fitness video and get your activity in that way.  If the power goes out you could still do those things provided your electronics are charged.  Dancing to music with your kids or on your own also burns a lot of calories and you’ll have lots of fun and laughs doing it.  If you are catching up on that housework, you are still burning calories. All that walking around while vacuuming in each room and going up and down your stairs to do laundry keeps you moving and burning calories. You will be very surprised if you wear your pedometer or Fitbit while cleaning and see how many steps you actually take. Don’t forget all that shoveling is exercise if you are able to do so.  Just be careful not to overdo it, take plenty of breaks, dress warmly and stay hydrated. Getting that movement in while snowed in can be done you just need to think outside the box a little and keep moving.

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