This time of year, many of us resolve to be more active and get out more. That’s a phenomenal resolution, but let’s face it, all winter does is make most of us want to curl up in a ball, drink hot tea, and pretend the world doesn’t exist until spring. Unfortunately, that put’s a bit of a damper on the whole “I’m going to spend more time outside this winter” thing, but there is hope. What if we took our inside space and converted it into an active space? Obviously we’ll need to stretch the meaning of “active” just a bit, but rules are meant to be broken, right?
Here are some things you can do, no sweat (ok, maybe some sweat) to make your winter more active. (Writer’s note: for the purposes of this post, “active” is defined as doing something that traditionally requires movement and changing out of your pjs.)
Remember how you made that promise to yourself to start working out, but then you realized how cold it was outside - and how warm it was in your bed? Well, if you really want to get in on the workout game, there are plenty of workouts you can do from the comfort of your own home.
No, I don’t mean one of those DVD workouts where an impossibly-ripped man screams motivational platitudes your way, all while promising that you will look like you were cut form stone in the span of six short weeks, I mean you taking matters into your own hands and working out from home, on your terms.
Want to build upper-body strength? Do some push-ups and pull-ups, and do a lot of them. What about your leg strength? Body-weight lunges and squats will get those legs shaped-up in no time. Maybe you want to get your heart-rate up, or strengthen your core – buy yourself a jump rope and jump until you can’t jump anymore, then get into a plank position. Whatever it is you want to work on, find an exercise that works for you and do it. See that? I just saved you from spending $120 on P90X, Insanity, or (insert any mass-targeted workout program). You’re welcome.
(That was more intense than you were expecting wasn’t it? The rest of the activities require much less exertion, I promise.)
The cold, dreary existence of winter has you wanting to stay inside and warm yourself with food, doesn’t it? I know, it happens to me too, but instead of ordering in, why not gather up some ingredients and make a home-cooked meal? Not only is this a good way to get off the couch for a little while (read: active), it’s also a good way to warm you up. Sure, you may have to trek to the local grocer for a supply run, but no one said this was going to be easy, did they?
Grab some groceries, chop some veggies, marinate some meat, put on some music, and make yourself a first-class meal. Don’t worry about following a recipe. Follow your stomach, and your heart, instead (yea, I can be cheesy, too), it’s more fun that way.
Cooking for yourself is fun, delicious (hopefully), and a good way to eat up some time (see what I did there?), sure, but it isn’t really an experience easily shared with others. If you’re more inclined to want human contact, invite some friends over and enjoy a group meal. That does mean you’ll have to cook more, but what’s more fun that sharing a home cooked meal with some good friends? OK, yes, many things are more fun than that, but you get my point.
Don’t want to cook for an entire group of people? Good, you’re just like more people and that’s why god created the potluck, the holy grail of food gatherings. You get good people, good conversation, and different and delicious food in copious amount, not to mention a bill much lower than that of a fancy-shmancy restaurant. Sounds pretty dang good, doesn’t it?
Let’s get “active” friends! Trust me, it’ll make the winter infinitely more enjoyable.
Until next time -