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Walking in a winter wonderland!

Thursday, November 08, 2012

No, we don't have any measurable snow on the ground -- yet -- but it's getting to be winter, and that means S-N-O-W and cold here in the Midwest. My preference for weather? No, but then this would be one of those things that cannot be controlled, so have to figure out how to work with it when it comes to outdoor activities. I plan to keep active this winter, because -- well -- I NEED to! What are my plans?

1. Have Nordic poles to safely navigate on snow and ice when walking.

2. Have appropriate clothes and outerwear to stay warm when it's C-O-L-D!

Have a good coat to keep me warm.

Have a pair of warm gloves to keep the hands warm.

Have a good wool hat to keep my head warm (Did you know we lose most of our body heat through our head??)

Have a good pair of weather proof pants to stay dry.

Have good thick wool socks to keep the feet warm. And the feet are also treated to a good pair of properly fitting, waterproof boots.

I dress in layers, with the layer closest to my body being lightweight, sweat wicking material so that I stay warm and dry.

Long underwear . . . a must when the winter temperatures plunge downward.

Sunglasses for when the sun is out . . . very important, because if there's snow on the ground, that reflection of the sun off the snow is very hard on the eyes. And let's face it . . . who wants the wrinkles and crinkles that come with squinting! HEE HEE

3. On those days when it is inclement and not a good idea to walk outdoors, I use my treadmill. Not going to give up my walking!

4. I also have other equipment to keep things going when relegated to the indoors.

stability ball

dumb bells

resistance bands

jump rope

pedometer to track steps

stationary bike

What are some fun things to do when outdoors (besides walking, of course):

Make snow angels (Just do it . . . it's fun!) good for burning 214 calories/hr.

Have a snowball fight (HEE HEE emoticon Fun and it burns 319 calories/hr.

Build a snowman -- who says you have to have kids to do that! Be a kid yourself! That is good for burning 285 calories/hr.

Dust off those ice skates! An hour of ice skating burns 450 calories.

A perk to exercising outdoors? You burn more calories in the cold because your body has to work harder to get warm!

C'mon. Let's have some winter fun!
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    I just printed out your blog and will take it home to read more carefully after work. I'm having a problem "getting up" and I need your wisdom!
    1830 days ago
    I bought my first set of long underwear since I was a kid last week. I'm excited to try them out.

    I've never been a fan of cold weather, but maybe with the right tools I can grow to appreciate all the seasons!
    1831 days ago

    Totally love the blog. I am thinking I will be doing the same as far as winterizing to continue my outdoors walks whenever I can. I also talked to the gal at the Ymca or (Y) as we call it and asked her if it was okay to come in and just walk the parimiters of the gyms and she said I am for than welcome if there is no game or they are not in use. So when I can't walk outside I can always go to the Y. They are actually only 6 minutes walking distance from my house. If the weather was good i could walk there. I take my strenth training there as well as Zumba, so I might as well walk there too.
    I have been thinking I might look into doing some iceskating this winter. We have another very close rec center that has a couple of ice rinks I could use. I have always wanted to go to NY a few weeks before christmas and see the tree lit on time square and skate in that rink, do window shopping downtown NY and go to a broadway play. So I think it would be good to learn to skate again.

    1833 days ago
  • LYNCHD05
    I remember the last time I made a snow angel. It was so much fun. We just did it when we were kids but as adults it is so appreciated how much fun it really is to just lie there in the snow with a big smile on our faces!
    My favourite thing to do In the snow was to cross country ski.
    1834 days ago
    Snow angels and snowball fights? You're my kinda spark friend!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1834 days ago
    Sistah, you've got it handled!!!!!! What a great blog!! Love it. emoticon emoticon
    1834 days ago
    wow sounds good. We don't get snow here where I live. Which I am glad about. Although a few weeks ago we had snow about 15 kms away, very unusual. It is so cold that day.
    1834 days ago
  • NANCY-
    We already got 5 inches of the wet heavy stuff. Great for building snowman and a snow fort/castle. You could also build a snow maze for your winter workout.
    We only did the shoveling.
    Winter can be fun...
    1835 days ago
    You are prepared!! I want to try Nordic Walking as well. When I move to Seattle, I won't be in the snow as much but near it, which may be ideal :)
    1835 days ago
    Definitely some things to keep in mind!
    1835 days ago
    Heading into Summer here in Tasmania, Australia, Barb, but telling you to wrap your coat around it, girlfriend!
    1835 days ago
    I am soooo with ya! I love the cooler (and yes, cold) weather to work out in. Runs come easier and with it darker outside, I don't have to torture the public with my jiggle. LOL
    1836 days ago
    you forget sliegh riding,lugging slieghs up hill with a 3 year old and 6 year on them .THAT will burn up calories,lol.have fun and a great plan emoticon
    1836 days ago
    You have listed a lot of fun ideas!
    I hope you have fun in whatever you decide to do!
    Have a great Friday!
    1836 days ago
    Hi Barb........
    emoticon for the great ideas!!! Elizabeth is learning how to ice skate........I may have to dust mine off............ emoticon
    1836 days ago
    What great ideas!! There is a photo of me somewhere...hmmm...of me making a snow angel. I had to have help getting out of the snow!! lol I always make a snowman at least once a winter, if not more!! And usually make my fat free sugar free hot chocolate afterwards!!
    1836 days ago
    You got a good plan! I hope you find ways to enjoy the cold.

    I'll be out in it too, but I've already reserved my right to complain about it.
    1836 days ago
    1836 days ago
    This California girl is sitting in a 65degree room with a jacket and a scarf on!! Lol!
    1836 days ago
    That's the attitude! (around the holidays, I have been known to slip a couple jingle bells on the dog's collar during our walks -- one neighbor out shoveling a couple years ago said he thought maybe he was hearing Santa's sleigh LOL)

    1836 days ago
    I have one more item you might want to add to your list....a set of HAND WARMERS! It is similar to a "small warmer" which you place under your gloves, or between a pair, and believe me when our hands our warm, it sure helps to keep the body warmer! They are fairly inexpensive, and worth every penny! They also have them for SHOES as well!

    Stay warm my friend, we got about 2" last night and let;s just say, "BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE!"
    1836 days ago
    You're ALL set, and ready for whatever happens. BEST WISHES in reaching all of your goals.

    1836 days ago
    Sounds like your "winterized" and ready to go!!
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    1836 days ago
    Good plan.It is still summer in Southern Calif. I hope Colorado doesn't get any snow before Thanksgiving.I plan on driving to Colorado Springs to see DD for the holidays. emoticon
    1836 days ago
    Great plan! You can do it!
    1836 days ago
    Ready when you are! HUGS!
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