Friday, November 4, 2011

Snowy Workout

Being stuck in the house due to cold snowy weather is no fun.  Being stuck in the house with a 2 & 4 year old who have too much energy & imagination- a nightmare!  Baking, snacking, and lounging become to easy!  So,  I am starting to plan my workouts for the winter.  I am not ready for it yet....but I do better when I have a plan.  Found a Winter Wonderland Workout (besides just shoveling) that I am going to try when the snow starts to fall.  My kids love to play in the snow, so I am going to make the most of it this year, especially if the Y closes due to weather! (now just to get the work out done before one of the kids have to pee and have to be totally


Here goes:     

Military March
Swing your arms and march forward for 10 giant steps.  Turn around and march back to your starting spot.  Do this (back and forth) at least six times, packing the snow down as you go.

Plank Walk
This move will use the path you’ve made. Stand tall and bend down at your waist, flexing your hips.  Reach your (gloved) hands to touch the ground and walk them forward until your body is parallel with the ground in a full pushup or “plank” position.  Stay there for a minute and then walk back up.  Reach your arms high and repeat the sequence five times.

Snow Shuffle
Stand on one end of the path sideways.  Bend your knees slightly and shuffle sideways until you reach the other side.  Try to make it back and forth four to six times.

Frozen Lawn Lunges
Standing on one end of the lawn (use the path if you want an easier workout, new snow if you need a bigger challenge), alternate walking lunges for 20 steps (count right leg, left leg, 1, right let, left leg 2).  Turn around and lunch back to your starting spot.

Snow Ball Target Practice
Walk to some deep snow and find a target like a tree, wall or fence.  Make snowballs by squatting (by bending your knees, not your waist) grabbing snow and packing it.  As soon as you make one, throw it as far and hard as your can, aiming for your target.  Launch 20 balls.

Feet Drag
In shallow snow, sidestep to the left with your left foot, and then slowly drag your right foot across your body in the snow, working the inner thigh.  Then reverse the motion, stepping to your right and dragging your left food.  Go across back and forth 4 times.

Angel Abs
Lie down on your back and place your hands behind your head.  Bicycle the legs in and out, reaching across with the opposite elbow.  Do six repetitions (after you bring both keens in, that is one rep) and then make snow angles.  Repeat at shis series twice. 

by Kathy Kaehler


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