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Planning for Winter

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Planning for Winter

As we are starting to see colder weather, and with COVID-19 surging, I am planning ahead. You may know from my blogs I love to hike. But hiking options here get very limited during winter. We have fewer open trails, and when it is icy, hiking trails may be less safe.

In the past during winter, I enjoyed skiing, taking exercise classes, and working out at a gym. Now my arthritic knees have greatly limited my skiing; last year I realized I could no longer safely stop or turn on the hills. I don’t feel safe going to the gym during the pandemic so I cancelled my membership (for now). And all fitness classes in our city are either canceled, or offered on-line only.

It is all too easy for me to sit home and watch television, or do crosswords, play guitar, read, or many other sedentary enjoyable activities. So, my plans for staying fit include:

1. Exercise at home.

a. I purchased an exercise bike, and it is set up in a pleasant location. I will listen to podcasts as I pedal away. This exercise will be great for my knees.
b. Join an on-line video class at least once a week
c. Do strength training at home at least twice a week. I find this habit easier to maintain if I am doing it with music or television in the background. I have light weights, exercise bands, yoga strap and mat all in the cabinet under the TV.
d. Yoga at least 3 times a week. I like to do this at night with relaxing new age or classical music playing. It helps me sleep better compared to my prior habit of watching the late night news.
e. House cleaning chores can be made aerobic. Just do the sweeping/mopping/dusting/vacuu
ming fast enough to raise my pulse
f. Add incremental exercise. Instead of flipping the channel during commercials, walk up and down the hall, or use the exercise bike. (There is usually 12-14 minutes of commercials during a one hour program; if I watch for two hours, that’s a total of 24-28 extra minutes of movement)

2. Outdoor exercise at least twice a week
a. Snow shoe. Or hike using YakTrax if necessary (YakTrax are like tire chains for your shoes)
b. Outdoor chores such as raking pine needles and the very aerobic activity of shoveling snow
c. I will try skiing, at least on the flatter trails.
d. hike whenever possible

What strategies will you use to stay fit through the winter?
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    This sounds like a great plan, Alison. I have the same list of equipment that you do, but find that the exercise tapes and DVDs keep me more on task.

    Every joint in my body hurts now that I can't take any aspirin or NSAIDS so it is a challenge to do some of the exercises. My knees have been very painful of late.

    I wish you the best, but I know that you will do everything on your list.
    75 days ago
    Great plan! I've been doing indoor exercises, my bike too for out hot summer. Kind of like your winter, our summer makes it hard to get out as much.
    Now once this tropical storm is over tomorrow, we'll get back to our walks, as we get cooler weather. I wouldn't go into indoor restaurants or gyms either.
    Stay safe. emoticon emoticon
    75 days ago
    It takes alot of discipline to workout at home! Keep motivated!
    I've been working out in home - via house walking/dvd's/ wii fit plus & strength games/lifting weights. Some mornings it's hard to get up & exercise right away but it's well worth it!
    Good luck & great planning!
    75 days ago
    Way to go to plan ahead, Ali. I'd never believe you have problem knees by the number of hikes you do. You're amazing.
    75 days ago
    My plan mirrors yours with differences because of climate (LOL) It's over 70 degrees here in the afternoon. Very pleasant for canoeing on the lake. No shoveling of snow. If we get any, it usually melts quickly,

    Your #1F is like my 12-13 minutes "route of the confused squirrel" walk through the house

    Smart to avoid the gym. Ours is germ central in the best of times and now with all my "mask resistant, Covid denying" neighbors, it's downright dangerous.

    On this Veterans day when we honor the sacrifice of those who risked their lives for people they don't even know, I do not understand how so many will not even take on the sacrifice of wearing a mask tor the safety of people that they do know.

    76 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/11/2020 9:45:57 AM
    Excellent plan! ... I have a room set up with room for doing exercise videos and my Aerodyn bicycle. Have lots of variety.
    76 days ago
    Great plan!
    I will bundle up and get outside to walk unless it is slippery or below freezing.
    I have about the same exercise equipment as you and do a lot of stretching every day.
    My gym seems to dangerous still and my beloved nearby university warm-water pool is only open to students for now. emoticon
    76 days ago
    Great plan!
    76 days ago

    I have my own gym room and even in winter the garden needs a little attention.
    stay safe sweetie, Happy Hump Day emoticon
    76 days ago
    Good plan!
    76 days ago
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    I wish I could experience snow!
    76 days ago
    76 days ago
    I love skiing! Both downhill and cross-country (which would be easier on your knees!). My favourite indoor exercise are cardio dance videos on YouTube :)
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