I have just one word for you – SNOW!

Love it or hate it we have to face the fact that from time to time we have no choice but to deal with it. I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or not but here in the UK there is never a guarantee that we will get any snow let alone enough to make snowmen or have snow ball fights with our neighbours.

Last year we got a good covering and we spent some fun filled hours outside playing and laughing and having fun with all the kids, and adults alike, on our street. It makes me smile as I sit here thinking about it.

But it’s also kind of a pain. Because we don’t always get snow and because when we do it might not be much, we just aren’t equipped to deal with it very well here in the UK. I see my American team mates and the endless days where school is cancelled due to the snow and cold but other than that life seems to just carry on, yet over here more than an inch or two and the country starts to grind to a halt.

As well as being a health and fitness mentor I also work in HR for a Transport Logistics company and trust me the snow causes us all sorts of problems. Do you know what the snow is great for though? Getting a workout in when you don’t even realise it.

You must have noticed how much harder walking though snow is? And how you lift your feet higher as you go to clear the snow? And what about all that squatting down you do to scoop up handfuls of snow to turn into snowballs to hurl at your kids or neighbour? And let’s not forget dragging each other around on sledges – that in itself can be a massive strength training workout. There is also some evidence to say that being out in the cold forces your body to burn more calories to warm the air you breath and keep your temperature from dropping too low – though I don’t advocate walking around in the snow in your undies!!

Getting a workout in and being healthy doesn’t have to mean a trip to the gym, look around you and see what you have at hand that you can use. You don’t even need any equipment you can get a more than effective workout just using your own body weight.

If you want some workout ideas that you can try at home or you want to learn more about the online programs that I offer just pop me a message at lbland81@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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