Workout Wednesday - How to Stay on Track When the Temperature Drops
Although it's November, the sun is still shining brightly and each day is rolling in at almost 70 degrees...cheers to global warming.
However, I know Mother Nature is going to lay the smack down soon and serve up some dropping temperatures with a side of snow sooner or later. Sadly, that means I'll put my bike away for the winter, and have to resort to other pursuits, including my least favorite place to be: the gym (seriously, I like going to the endodontist more).
I can't afford to pack on 20 pounds over winter, so I'm always in favor of creating some new habits to keep me happy and healthy when what I really want to do is bury my head in a vat of macaroni and cheese until spring comes.
So in an effort to embrace winter (did I just say that??) here's some quick tips on how to keep your calorie burn going when the temps are getting frigid...Oh and some music to go with.
- Ice skating - I'm terrible at it, which makes it even more calorie-burning. Lace up some skates with friends and head out to the nearest rink or pond and don't forget to bring the [sugar free] hot chocolate.
- Roller skating - Sense a theme here? Stage a birthday party or some other festivities at the local roller rink and get back to your childhood roots.
- Raking leaves; yours or someone else's - Lend a helping hand to an elderly neighbor and rake their leaves on a regular basis. Raking burns about 350 calories an hour; about the same as 30-40 minutes of jogging.
- Try your hand at tennis - As long as the temperatures are in th 40s and 50s, a game of tennis on the public courts is a great way to get some exercise in. Bonus points for being bad at tennis - chasing the ball around burns calories and laughing yourself stupid is a great stress reliever.
- Walk part of the way home from work - This isn't new news, but if you take public transit, get off a few stops earlier and if you drive, park your car a little further away and walk to it. Every little bit counts.
- Have a walking meeting - Most status meetings don't require sitting at a desk. If you've got one or two direct reports, take a walk around your building or outside to discuss your business and record action items when you get back to your desk.
- Join an active Meetup group - Motivation and shorter days seem to have a direct relationship with one another. If your significant other is the Netflix-and-chill enabler rather than the Pushup-and-drill sergeant, you might want to consider joining a fitness Meetup or a group that does dance lessons. Both are great ways to keep moving.
- Start a family tradition of the After-Dinner Walk. - In Italy, it is called una passeggiata. This stroll can happen at any time really, but many families head to the piazza after dinner to socialize and digest. In the harsher winter months, this doesn't have to be an hour long thing, but a brief fifteen minute walk will keep the blood flowing.