I’ll be honest – it feels a little weird writing about winter workouts when it’s almost 60 degrees in Philadelphia today. GOOD weird, don’t get me wrong – I’m absolutely ready for spring! But we’re not quite there yet, with only a few days of sunshine and warmth before we have a chance of flurries again on Friday.
Plus I know some of you live in places where winter sticks around for muuuch longer, sometimes even through the end of March. Remind me not to move to those places if I ever express interest, okay? #seasonaldepressionisreal
So let’s get down to it – how to workout in the winter without slipping on icy streets or investing in a gym membership (both of which I currently do… oops!)
1. Shoveling – It’s a pain, but it’s necessary. Want the good news? Shoveling can burn anywhere from 300-500 calories every hour! If you have a crazy wide driveway like me, break it up into sections, pause halfway for lunch, and use your headphones to jam out while you work! Be careful – dancing and icy pavement don’t mix ; )
2. Sledding – Okay I know… We don’t all get the chance to get out on the hills and feel that rush of adrenaline after a snowstorm anymore. A blizzard usually means shoveling out the driveway (see #1) followed by thawing out, soup, netflix and typically terrible roadways. But if you get the opportunity to go sledding, take it! ESPECIALLY if you get to take little kids – trudging back up the hill while dragging or carrying a 6-year old means I’ve got cardio, core, arms AND legs being worked out all at once… she’s lucky she’s cute!
3. Skiing – Maybe this one isn’t so “sneaky” but I’ve been skiing since I was little and I had no idea I was burning at least 400 calories an hour! Though that does explain how ravenous we are when we sit down to lunch… Whether or not you partake in nachos and beer during your break, skiing is still a pretty enjoyable way to get a workout during the winter season. Snowboarding counts too ; )
What do you do for your winter workouts? I love running so I’ve got a membership to Planet Fitness to get my cardio fix, but I definitely get bored pretty easily on the treadmill unless the Flyers are playing. Send me your best Zumba videos and office acceptable exercises, I can’t wait to get some new ideas!