The weather outside may be frightful, but that doesn't mean you can't be active! Don't just sit around watching TV and eating while you wait out the weather - do something for your health and beat those winter blues with these snow day activities!
Yoga is something you can easily do in the comfort of your own home. Find a video online, grab a towel or mat and head to a quiet room for some quality stretching and breathing. But that's not all yoga does. Practicing yoga is a powerful way to strengthen muscles, increase flexibility, improve your posture and well-being. The controlled breathing you practice during yoga helps clear your mind and lower your blood pressure. If you find that you never have time to just slow down and breathe, a rainy day is the perfect time to get in some yoga.
It may not sound like fun, but cleaning is a great way to get active and feel accomplished. Activities like vacuuming and mopping can get your heart pumping, and you can set a timer to help motivate you to pick up the pace. See how much you can get done in 20 minutes and make sure you're moving the whole time. It doesn't matter what you do to get active - what matters is that you're active!
You don't need a lot of big equipment to get an indoor cardio session in. Just grab a jump rope and clear enough space and start jumping! You may be surprised how great a workout just five minutes of jumping rope can be. If you don't have a jump rope, or enough room, crank up some music and alternate doing jumping jacks, high knee running in place and switch kicks. You'll be working up a sweat in no time.
But What About the Kids?
All these activities become harder to accomplish when you've got little ones underfoot. So why not invite them to join you? Line up a towel next to yours and help them with some basic yoga poses. There are some great videos available for yoga for children. Kids may not love to clean, but if you can utilize the timer to make a game of it, they'll have fun competing for a reward at the end of a few hours of hard work. And if you're going to get in some cardio, let them have a chance to jump around, too. See who can jump rope the longest or let them choose the music for the workout. Things may dissolve into a dance party, but that's ok! A rainy day doesn't always mean a lazy day - making an active lifestyle a priorty is a great example to set for your kids.
So the next time it begins to rain, snow or is simply too cold or too hot outdoors, don't throw in the towel - get up and move! And don't forget that the weather isn't an excuse for throwing your healthy eating habits out, too. Keeping yourself on track and living a healthy lifestyle is important no matter the weather!