So there is over a foot of snow on the ground and the YMCA is closed. How are you going to get any exercise? Don’t let the snow stop you. Shoveling snow is a great way to burn off calories, you just need to remember to do it correctly so you don’t hurt your back. Bend you knees and use your body to lift the snow. And even though the roads aren’t safe for running (and I don’t recommend running when the roads are slippery as a fall can put you out of commission for a long time) you can still walk. Walking does not give you the same kind of aerobic exercise as running, but the good news is that whether you run a mile or walk a mile, you use the same amount of calories. So get out for a walk and enjoy this beautiful scenery.
Friday: Woke up excited in anticipation of the coming snow. Ran for an hour as it would be my last time running outside for awhile.
Saturday: I walked over to Potomac Yards to pick up a few last gifts. 3 miles round trip. Shoveled snow a couple of times during the day. Walked again in the evening to meet my daughter, who also runs and had visited some friends. 3 more miles.
Sunday: Today I am going to be doing a lot of shoveling as we have our house to take care of, the house of a neighbor who is in Afganistan,and our snow buddies’ house. I’ll also be walking down to meet my older daughter at the train station. We are going to take sleds to pull her bags home. Round trip- 3 miles. And if the YMCA opens, I’ll go over to work out.
So, don’t let the snow stop your exercise routine. It doesn’t matter how you do it, just find something to do that burns calories. Enjoy the beautiful scenery while it lasts.