I absolutely love to walk in fresh fallen snow. I get out early in the morning, around 4-5 AM, and walk in the quiet, dark, morning before the cars begin getting on the road in the rural area in which I live. It is so quiet you can't even hear a pin drop. All of the birds, deer, racoon, and other wild and domestic animals are in nests, thickets, or homes so not even they make a sound or on roads.
It is still OK when dawn comes, but by then some cars are on the road and it is not so quiet. I have never had trouble with slipping when walking or jogging on snow. But when it starts to melt and gets slushy, that is a different situation.
When slushy I get my water proof boots out, when icy I put Yak Traks on the bottom of my hiking boots.
It takes me four hours to shovel our driveway solo, half that time when my husband is available to help. Now that is a tough workout!
There are many other posts started on the topic of exercising in the cold and dark winter months. Read those for tips on how to be safe, smart, and still have fun outside all winter!
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Shovel snow. That's fantastic exercise, great way to burn calories.
And as others noted, I pretty much do the same things I would normally do i.e. go to the gym, take long walks or do some resistance band training at home. I have yoga DVDs too.
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I do kettlebell and bodyweight exercises at home. 3 times a week I like to make the workouts HIIT (interval training). I'm a member of a gym, so I go there to lift weights and such.
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I love the cold so walking in it (or the snow) doesnt bother me so much. But when it gets really bad out, I check out indoor pools or work out with my kettlebell.
We are supposed to get snow tonight in New Brunswick
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I run outside, same as other times of the year. :)
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N16351D - you inspire me - thank you !! This will be my first winter since I started running and I was wondering how much of a whip I would be or not be ! I do also attend indoor exercise classes all year round, like spinning and body boot camps !
I walk and jog in the dark, cold rain, wind or snow in the Pacific Northwest (100 miles north of Seattle, WA). Have been doing it for 40 years. Bring a flashlight, wear bright, reflective clothing so traffic can see you, and dress in layers appropriate for the weather.
I don't jog in freezing rain, icy conditions, or severe weather (tornadoes...we don't have very many of them in this area). I don't jog over 40 mph wind, but it is really fun out in that weather! I have jogged in as low as 15 degrees F. and as hot as 85. Never had a chance to try jogging hotter than that because in summer the mornings are much cooler than afternoons.
Avoid gravel roads in the dark because it can be easy to twist your ankle on uneven surfaces or potholes.
There are several posts about going outside in dark and cold fall and winter months. See what others have said.
Go indoors if you want, but don't tell me that dark and cold is reason to keep someone inside for exercise. I prefer the fresh air!
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Leslie Sansone walking DVDs are great and she is very encouraging.
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It is starting to get cold and rainy here where I live! I normally like to walk outside-what are some exercises that you do in the wintertime?
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