Working Out In The Winter Weather
Keeping fit can be a real chore when the temperature starts to fall. Ice and snowy weather can make you want to just curl up in front of the TV and wait for summer but there are some ways to make working out in the cold weather much more enjoyable.
Take a Winter WalkJust as everything looks different in sunshine and dark, the winter can make your familiar surroundings look like a different world. Taking a walk around your local park, along your favourite river or just around your own neighbourhood can be like entering a winter wonderland when it's covered in snow. On average, a person can burn around 100 calories for every mile that they walk so as well as being a great way to see your home in a different light it can also help you to lose weight.
Walking a little faster than usual will not only help you stay warmer but will also burn even more calories, so if you can pick up the pace it can be a good way to give you an extra boost. Do take care in the snow though, and wear appropriate footwear so that you don’t slip or fall over.
Enjoy the Snow and Work OutNothing is quite as much fun as playing out in the snow, and the good news is that it burns calories too. Taking the kids, the dog or your friends and family out to build a snow man or just to have a good old fashioned snow ball fight is a great way to lose some weight, have some fun and spend some quality time with your nearest and dearest all at the same time. The snow won't last forever, so why not bundle up and make the most of it while you can?
Make your Chores CountSnow can cause a few problems around your home, like frosting up your car or piling up outside the front door, so why not make dealing with these a part of your workout? Instead of just turning on your car engine and waiting for the ice to thaw, why not take out your ice scraper and shift it yourself? All of that reaching and stretching is bound to warm you up which makes it a good source of aerobic exercise.
Snow piled up in the driveway or the front yard can be a real hazard so instead of waiting for it to melt (or for someone else to do it) get out there with your shovel and clear the path. Again, it’s a great source of aerobic exercise and the end result is a clear yard.