Unfortunately, winter is always a problematic time of year, for people not living in a warm climate, to stay in shape. The extra pounds from the holiday season, cold temperatures and shorter days can keep you from working out. Here are some tips on ways to stay in shape this winter.
Join a gym
If you’re favorite running or biking route is under snow, joining a gym could be just the answer. You will get a climate-controlled cardio workout and also allow you access to other fitness option such as exercise classes and weight circuit equipment.
Take up a winter sport
Although a gym can be a nice and cozy winter place to workout, some people still like being out in the winter elements. Winter sports such as skiing, skating or snowshoeing can be just the answer! These sports can provide you with a great cardio workout. It is important to remember that you should properly dress in layers when participating in winter sport activities.
As cold weather forces us to be inside more often, it can also lead to binge type eating usually due to inactivity. Therefore, you need to watch your sugar and carb intake. Try to increase your fruits, vegetable and whole grain in your diet. Also, drinking more water can help curb cravings, improves digestion and is a great replacement for high-calorie drinks like soda. Keep in mind that it is just as important to stay hydrated in the winter as the summer. In the summer, it is easy to remember to drink due to the heat. In the winter, the dry air can cause dehydration too but we often do not properly respond by hydrating ourselves.
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Why Your Gym Workouts May Not Be Working
It is not uncommon for people to become frustrated when they do not see better fitness results from their workouts. The reason is simply they do not get the most out of the time they spend working out. Listed below are 4 important reasons why your workouts aren’t working.
- Focusing on the Wrong Lifts
Individuals who want to get muscular or toned often spend too much time doing bicep curls and crunches. The fact is that the most effective resistance workouts are full-body movements such as squats, dead lifts and bench presses.
- Too Much Cardio
People who “OD” (overdose) on cardio can find that they develop muscle loss instead of building muscle. It is important to add weights or strength training to balance your cardio training. This will provide you with a well rounded fitness regimen and get you into overall better shape than just doing cardio alone.
- Bad Diet
All the exercise in the world will not do much for you if your diet is not also regimented. It is important to get enough protein and healthy unsaturated fats while reducing the amount of simple carbohydrates you get from processed, sugary foods.
- Not Enough Intensity
No matter if you are lifting weights or doing cardio you need to continue to push yourself. Although there are times that a lighter workout is warranted, you still want to be able to break a sweat and get your heart rate up.
Despite the challenges associated with learning to snowboard, it is possible to make good progress and avoid falling into a beginner’s rut (quitting!).
- Choose the proper ski area
In order to become proficient in snowboarding, you first need to select the right ski area. Look for a resort that is popular among snowboarders. This usually means that the mountain not only allows snowboarders to share the slopes with downhill skiers, but they also have areas of the mountain designed and designated specifically for snowboarders. The mountain should have plenty of easy “green” slopes and intermediate “blue” slopes. This will allow you to have enough snowboarding terrain to not only learn on, but as you gradually improve, will allow you to elevate your snowboarding skills beyond the “bunny hills”. It is also helpful to find resorts that have good gondola access. This can help you to avoid chairlifts and tows – which many beginner snowboarders find difficult to board and disembark.
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- Take a lesson
It helps to learn how to snowboard by hitting the slopes with somebody who is more proficient than you. Go with a friend or family member that has snowboarding experience and can help teach you boarding fundamentals. You can also consider taking a class from a certified snowboard instructor at the mountain’s ski school.
- Set goals for yourself
Like the old saying: “You can’t manage what isn’t measured” You can further raise your snowboarding skill level by setting clear goals for your progress. By having a clear goal for each day that you are out snowboarding, you can actually see how you are improving. Set a daily schedule for yourself. For example: day one, learn to stay upright on the board; day two, learn how to make a simple turn; day three, make a full run on the easy slopes with out falling, and so on.
- You can’t learn to snowboard in a day
Although the top riders make snowboarding look effortless, the sport does in fact require large amounts of determination, discipline and tenacity. The most important ingredients for progress in learning to snowboard is persistence and practice, practice, practice!
You may have been out snowshoeing or cross-country skiing this winter when a cyclist rode past. At first it might have been strange to even think someone was crazy enough to be riding his or her bike on the snow, then you catch a glimpse of the bike and find it even stranger!
A fatbike is a bicycle with over-sized tires, typically 3.7″ or larger and rims wider than 44mm, that are designed for riding on soft unstable terrain such as snow. Although fatbikes have been around for 10 years, they are becoming more readily available and popular over the last few years. The average fatbike ranges in price from $700-$2000.
While fatbiking on the snow is generally much slower than riding dry trails, the lower friction and alien texture of snow–when conditions are good–replicates the sensation of riding on trails during the summer.
The key to riding performance on a fatbike is the tire pressure. On a typical mountain bike the tire pressure is around 30 psi. On fatbikes, the tire pressure is much lower. In softer snow conditions most people will keep the tire pressure around 4 psi and in harder snow conditions increase the pressure up to about 8 psi.
As with most new sports or activities, word of mouth or print may get you interested, but it is when you try it out for the very first time that you really know if it’s for you…dress warm and have fun fatbiking! I guess biking is not just for summer anymore 🙂
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The Holiday Season just wiped me out!
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