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  • How to get more exercise in winter?

    Hi,

    I currently do 2-3 crossfit type workouts per week (one at a xfit facility and 1-2 on my own). I know I don't move enough in general - my job has me standing a bit but is mostly sedentary in nature. I need ideas to get those 2-5 hours per week of low intensity exercise that Mark suggests during the winter. I have long daily lunch breaks but it's too cold to go for walks and by the time I get to the gym I only have 1 hour to
    Change, warm up, do my xfit type workout, change and get back. I have a young child so after work is daycare pick up, playtime, cooking, dinner and kiddo bed time.

    What do those of you in cold climates do to get your 2-5 hours? Come summer I'll be able to bike, play with the kiddo at the park, and my job becomes much more active in the summers (I work with kids).

    Any advice is welcome!

    Thanks!

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    I live in the Northwest. Although it doesn't get that cold here (30's-40's in the winter) cold rain is a reality 80% of the time between October and June. This year, I bit the bullet and bought some quality cold weather excercise gear, and have found that it makes all the difference.

    For around $250-$300, I upgraded to the Neoprene VFF Flows, a quality base layer of Under Armor ($100) and a vented rain suit that can fit over fleece top/pants as needed.

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    • #3
      I have friends who live in Minnesota & other frigid climes who run year round. With the right gear there is no such thing as too cold. While I will concede that with certain footing minimalist footwear is a problem. I do own a pair of yaktrax which probably wouldnt wear well over any flexible soled shoe.

      You work with kids eh? Anyway to get involved in their play/free time? Put on some music and dance with them? Kids need to move too. Same with your kids playtime
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      • #4
        I live in Boston and understand what you mean about being too cold to walk or run outside - while tons of people do it and love it, I personally hate working out in the freezing cold I bought some DVDs for working out at home - there are so many to pick out there that you can find something that fits your time schedule or the type of workout you like. I have yoga dvd's as well as Power90 (the set of DVDs that Tony Horton made prior to P90X, they are much easier but I lost alot of inches with them!) and TurboFire - cardio yes, but they have HIIT workouts so I use that for my "sprinting once a week" and a 30 minute light cardio where I don't do any of the plyometrics so my heart rate doesn't shoot through the roof.

        I have found that it works into my schedule, allows me to do a 15 minute workout OR an hour, depending on the time I have AND gives me no excuse to no work out because I can do it at 6am or 10pm, no need to get to a gym.....

        I hope that helps you out a bit!
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        • #5
          Stop being a pansy? Seriously, my man-cave (read: training 'hall') is so cold over winter that icicles hang from the ceiling, my clock freezes up, and the barbell is so cold I can barely stand to hold it. Statements like 'it's too cold to walk/lift/train/whatever' are not facts. They are your opinion, and that is under your control. You can decide to say 'to hell with the cold, I'm wearing extra layers and doing it anyway' or you can decide to say 'it's too cold, I can't do anything'. But whatever you do, please recognise that it is a choice, not an unavoidable circumstance.
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          • #6
            I for one like working out in the snow. But I'm weird.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Primal Fist View Post
              Stop being a pansy? Seriously, my man-cave (read: training 'hall') is so cold over winter that icicles hang from the ceiling, my clock freezes up, and the barbell is so cold I can barely stand to hold it. Statements like 'it's too cold to walk/lift/train/whatever' are not facts. They are your opinion, and that is under your control. You can decide to say 'to hell with the cold, I'm wearing extra layers and doing it anyway' or you can decide to say 'it's too cold, I can't do anything'. But whatever you do, please recognise that it is a choice, not an unavoidable circumstance.
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              • #8
                nightly dance party with the kiddo.
                http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread60178.html

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                • #9
                  If I can't get outside for natural workouts, I have an inside recumbent exercise bike, a Wii (love the boxing, Wii Sports Resort and the dancing ones), and I do shovelglove, use sandbags (that I made) kettlebells, etc.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by primalrob View Post
                    nightly dance party with the kiddo.
                    This is exactly what we do. Dancing, wresting, tickle wars, squats with the kids on our shoulders, and other moves that include them. They make great little weights, and they love it. =)
                    Having young kids makes it very hard to go outside in the cold, and workout.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by primalrob View Post
                      nightly dance party with the kiddo.
                      YES! We do this~disco ball and all
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                      • #12
                        Is anybody reading this thread for the purpose of using the tips in summer? It can get to be 120f where I live. That's not fun to walk in.

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                        • #13
                          Thanks everyone for your feedback! Primal Fist - I AM a pansy and it IS my opinion that it's too cold out! But good on you for working out with the frozen clock .

                          I like all the ideas presented and I think that to start my best course of action is to make more of an effort to play in a more physical way with my toddler and to try to mimic that with thx
                          Children at work. I'll give that a shot...and it's almost March so hopefully the weather will turn in my favour soon .

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                          • #14
                            Hey, a frozen clock is very dangerous! I might underestimate my rest periods by as much as twenty or even thirty seconds!
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                            • #15
                              I live in Ohio and I walk outside in the winter. Yes it gets cold but I layer up and deal with it.
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