The alternate title for this post could be “Three Random Ways to Cross-Train When You’re Snowbound Without a Gym Within 30 Miles” but that’s way too long to be an actual title.
Anyways, in case you don’t live in the northeast and are unaware of the weather we’ve been having, let me lay it out for you real simple like: snow. Lots and lots and lots of snow (over two feet, officially, but in my parent’s backyard, it was up to my waist!)
This means no running for me today but I surreptitiously happened upon some other winter-time activities that worked as cross-training agents.
1. Shoveling Snow
It took all four members of my family almost two hours to shovel out our driveway and the path up to the chicken coop (my parents live in the country, can ya tell?) My arms and back now have the familiar ache of a heavy lifting workout and apparently, it burns 408 calories per hour. I was a sweaty, hot mess afterwards, so I think that’s probably accurate.
My parents were heading out to do some cross-country skiing and since they didn’t have a pair of ski boots in my size, I grabbed my mom’s snowshoes and tagged along. It was an un-groomed trail that headed uphill and I broke the trail for most of the time, since it’s easier to do in snow shoes than skis. Ooooof, it was rough! The best description of the activity I can give is walking upstairs while underwater. Tons of resistance from the snow made my hamstrings, quads and calves burn like motherf*cker!
While this one isn’t exactly the most cardiovascular of workouts, I’m always completely wiped out after a day on the slopes. When I’m snowboarding, my muscles burn, I can barely catch my breath and my body’s always aching afterwards, which makes it a super workout in my opinion.
So the next time you’re snowbound and can’t get your exercise on, consider one of these activities as cross-training day!
Anyone else have another winter activity that burns some calories?
PS- Look how high the snow was, poor little Perri couldn’t see over the top and she HATED it!