Last year, I blogged about ideas for staying active during the winter and, when I wrote that, the weather was actually quite balmy, for November, and Life Was Good.
However, now that we're smack in the middle of Winter, all those good ideas are a little less appealing. For example, taking a brisk walk outside sounds lovely on a sunny November day. On a frigid February day with high winds and icy snow covering the sidewalks and umpteen layers to pile on so as not to invite hypothermia, it sounds more appalling than appealing.
Still, staying active is a necessity this time of year and not just for weight management. Our sanity is at stake, y'all. So, I asked around to find out what other people are doing to stay active these days. For the record, I'll group their responses into Active Participants (aka: APs, or people who regularly exercise and look for ways to move around) and Non Active Participants (aka: NAPs who, um, don't). Here's what I learned:
AP 1: "I set an alarm to get up every hour and I walk up and down the stairs in my building. I just let my boss think I have severe bladder issues."
AP 2: "I have a rack I put on my treadmill so I can check email on my laptop while I walk."
NAP 1: "Active? Hmmmm....Well, I walked extra at the grocery store the other day when I realized I forgot the milk. Does that count?"
NAP 2: "The only reason I even go outside is because my dog would chew every stick of furniture in my house if I didn't walk her every day."
AP 3: "I hired you."
So there you have it. If you need some ideas, you can walk the stairs, walk and work on your treadmill, forget the milk, get a dog and/or hire a trainer to stay more active.
Now, it's your turn. How hard are you working to stay active this winter? Is it hard to stay moving and are you getting tired of dealing with winter nonsense? Or maybe you're doing just fine. Whatever your situation, vote in this week's poll and tell us how you're staying active this time of year.