If you live in New England, you were probably just hit by a giant bucket of snow. As a kid, your first thought was “SNOOOWWW DAAAAAY!!!!! I’m gonna go sledding, and have a snow ball fight and….who wants to build a snow maaaaaan???”
As an adult and home owner, my first thought was “SNOOWWWW DAAAAAYYY!!! Oh wait, I have to move all of this. This is MY responsibility.” Adulthood. It happens to the best of us. So I thought about it and realized that this was still a good opportunity. The husband and I got out there, him manning the snow blower (a necessity in Connecticut) and I with my shovel and broom. Together we spent the morning clearing out the driveway, porch, deck and made a path through the back yard to get access to our well and garage. It actually wasn’t too bad and as a bonus, we got our physical activity in! It can be hard work moving snow. This storm was about a foot:
Now in general, the bitter cold and snow can be a MAJOR exercise deterrent. Running or even just taking the dog for a walk now has mountains of new obstacles. Getting out to the gym or a class can also seem daunting. What is important to remember is that even if your normal activities are no longer weather appropriate, you can still stay fit and have fun. Shift your thinking and focus on seasonal activities. Now I know that snow removal although seasonal, is not fun. Instead think about all those things you enjoyed as a kid. Get together with friends and have a massive snow ball fight. You will be puffing by the end with a giant smile on your face. Sledding is another classic. You wont even mind running up the hills!
This past weekend, we embraced the cold weather. Growing up, my husband and his family would play pond hockey together. We planned it out and had everyone all set. And then it snowed the day before. 😦 Did that stop us? Please. We are New Englanders! The ice was thick enough so we went out onto the pond the day before with the snow blower (I’m telling you, its amazing!) and shovel and we cleared a rink for the boys to play hockey and then an outer circle for the less talented skaters (ahem, me and the children). The next day the ice was ready for us.
We kicked off the day bright and early around 10, skated all morning and then had a nice batch of home made crock pot chili (recipe coming soon!). Everyone playing hockey was playing all out. Some of them had been avid hockey players when they were younger and some were just beginners. It was really fun to watch because even the newbies were having a good time. My friend Meagan and I skated around the outer loop chatting and watching, getting our bearings. We also each grabbed an extra stick to use for balance. I would highly recommend this strategy for individuals who are not confident on skates. It gives you such a sense of security and if you actually do start to fall, you can absolutely catch yourself. By taking the stress out, you can enjoy yourself longer.
The day was a blast and didn’t really feel like exercise. That night and the next day, however, we all felt it. 2+ hours of continuous skating engages so many muscles and really makes your body work. It felt a lot like post skiing (another activity to embrace), that really satisfying wiped feeling. I didn’t get too many photos but we had a beautiful day.