Welcome to the midst of WINTER! Some love it, some hate it - some get the blues, and some get stoked about shreddin’ the gnar! Here’s the scoop - wanting to change the weather is like wanting your avocado to laugh after you tell it a joke. It's not gonna happen. (But who doesn’t love Avocados, right?! #BestFoodEver)
Embrace the cold (NOW!), or you’ll be missing out on some incredible health benefits.
Did you know that you can burn 100 calories in 15 minutes of shivering? And not only do you burn calories via your muscles, an additional hormone is released that allows fat stores to burn calories also. (double bonus!)
Ok--so I'm not recommending that you stand outside naked in 20-degree weather and shiver to burn calories ;) But did you know.....
Downhill skiing/snowboarding can burn over 200 calories per 30 minutes. And believe it or not, cross country skiing gets you 100 MORE calories burned per half hour than downhill skiing!
Not a skier/snowboarder? Go sledding! On a mid-size hill you can burn the same amount of calories sledding as downhill skiing!
Even moderate ice skating can burn over 100 calories in 30 minutes.
Ok ok.. so it’s not always EASY… Need some more motivation?
(YES!) Your body works harder to warm itself in the cold temps - thus, more calories burned than in other seasons.
(YES!) Your heart works harder too, which means you’ll be better conditioned when Spring arrives.
(YES!) The days are shorter, and darker - which means you need to take in the daylight when it’s available - getting outside reduces stress and will dramatically improve your mood.
(YES!) It’s called ‘fresh air’ for a reason - taking it in reduces your chance of catching the nasty bugs!
(YES!) You’ll sleep better!
(YES!) It builds your ‘balance’ muscles that snow and ice can trigger, as opposed to exercising outside normal conditions.
Bottom line - you’re not doing yourself any favors by becoming a Winter hermit. Positivity will take you a long way. Simply saying ‘I love Winter’ can change your outlook. If needed, you can start with this: “I don’t mind Winter.”
Thanks for reading!
“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” - Fred Devito
“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.” - Albert Camus
FOR THE LOCALS:
- If there is over 4” of snow on the ground, Fox Island Park in Fort Wayne offers Cross Country Skiing. Rentals are only $6/adult and $5/children per hour. http://allencountyparks.org/parks/admissionhours/cross-country-ski-conditions/
- There are great parks in Fort Wayne including Shoaff, Franke and the Ivan Lebamoff Reservoir Park that offer great sledding http://www.visitfortwayne.com/things-to-do/winter-getaways/sledding/
- You can ice skate in Ft. Wayne outside at Headwaters park http://www.fortwayneparks.org/index.php?option=com_content&id=33&Itemid=49 or indoors at the Parkview Icehouse http://www.visitfortwayne.com/listing/sportone-parkview-icehouse/854/
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