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Cold Weather and Your Workout Schedule

I do have to say; I’m glad I don’t have to go outside today. We have hit one of our deepfreezes of the winter. It’s not the first, and it definitely won’t be the last. When I checked my weather app this morning it said we were at -34 Celsius, with a -43 Celsius windchill. BRRRR!!!!

I know some of you can’t even fathom how cold that is. For me, it’s a reality every winter. In all honesty, I’ll take it over the volcanoes, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters so many parts of the world have to endure. I know it’s not going to last, and we do get some reprieve throughout the winter. By next week we’re supposed to be a balmy -7 Celsius, which will feel like summer.

When it’s cold like this, going for a walk or a run outside is not safe. Not only does it hurt one’s lungs, but the danger of frostbite and hypothermia is greater. That’s all the more reason to have an exercise routine you can do inside. Plus, it’s not even safe to be out on the roads in this temperature; so going to the gym should not take priority over safety. I do realize travel is necessary, especially when you have to get to work.

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I do have to venture out again before the weekend, so I’m hoping Friday is a little nicer. Until then I will stay inside and get my baking, wrapping, and the rest of my decorating done. I’m hosting Christmas Dinner this year, so am looking forward to family being here.

Even with the winter winds blowing and the snow falling, I have been able to maintain some degree of activity. When my Fitbit tells me I’ve been sitting too long (which often happens when I’m working), I get up and set my timer for even 5 minutes. I’ll do a short low-impact workout to get the blood flowing and the metabolism kick-started. If I have a little more time, I’ll set the timer for anywhere between 10 and 20 minutes. It’s those longer sessions that really can get the heart rate up, even by just walking quickly in place. I do try to mix in a few different moves to work other muscles. (For some ideas check out the video I have in the right sidebar.)

Don’t let your weather stop you from getting your workouts in. Turn on some upbeat music and do some quick walking in place, and add in some kicks, punches, and squats. It’s amazing how many steps can be racked up in a short time. Even if your mobility is limited due to injury, you can improvise. I have an old shoulder injury that I have to baby, but I don’t let it stop me from reaching up as high as I can. (However, I do tend to overdo it sometimes, and pay for it.) Listen to your body, and don’t push yourself too hard.

In the new year I’ll be recording more yoga and low-impact videos. I’m currently waiting on some additional recording equipment so I don’t have the issues I did with the first yoga one I did. And no, it’s not on my YouTube Channel because I couldn’t figure out how to flip it vertically. For some reason it recorded it upside down, so I look like I’m hanging from the ceiling. 😛

I’ve invested in a wireless microphone and a tripod that’ll hold my iPad at the right level. Hopefully with the additional equipment I can do a better recording than the last one. However, that first one was to get me out of my comfort zone. Plus I’ll learn more about editing and video production while I walk off the extra weight I’ve been carrying around. It’s all part of the learning curve when trying something new.

The next few days are going to be busy ones. I’ll try and sneak in another post before Christmas, but if I don’t get one in I’m going to take this time to wish you a very Merry Christmas. Enjoy the time with family and friends, and don’t feel guilty about the extra calories consumed. If you’re laughing and enjoying yourself, those calories will be burned up before you know it.

Have you experienced the frigid temperatures I’ve talked about? Or do you live where ice and snow never make an appearance? Let me know in the comments below.


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