Fun (and Exercise) in a New York Winter

In the spirit of fun, here’s what I’ve been doing for fun & exercise with all our snow (that’s Ron):

I also tried to get some action shots. Hat-cam did not work. I also tried belt-cam and bra-cam. Both have their limitations. 
This is just some silliness on my part. But it leads into something of more substance. As we’re being blanketed by snow here in the Northeast once again, a new study has been released that finds spending more time indoors in more heated and air-conditioned buildings may be contributing to increasing obesity. You can check out this new study (published in Obesity Reviews) on the Life-Cise News page. But basically, the researchers believe that the narrower range of temperatures we’re exposed to limits both the heat that our bodies produce (thereby burning more calories) and our body’s ability to generate heat.
Also, health experts from the University of Missouri found that the tendency to stay indoors and eat comfort food when the weather is bad leads to people feeling less content. They believe that cuddling up indoors with a big bowl of popcorn or ice cream (or whatever counts as comfort food) adds to the winter-time blues experienced by so many.
So, no matter the weather, try to get out and do something. Find something fun: build a snowman, have a snowball fight, go sledding. Or just take a walk around the block. It will be good for your body, your mind, and maybe your weight.
And I’ll close with this fabulous quote from one of the researchers at the University of Missouri.
“Regarding exercise and physical activity in the winter, some is better than none, more is better than some and too much is difficult to get,” said Steve Ball, state fitness specialist and associate professor in the College of Human Environmental Sciences. 
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3 Responses to Fun (and Exercise) in a New York Winter

  1. Chez says:

    Julie I love the fact that you are finding ‘fun’ ways to work out using the prevailing weather conditions.
    We have temperatures in excess of 100 degrees fahrenheit so that requires innovation also. Being mindful of my existing lymphoedema challenges me at times and that is where I find past posts of your useful.
    You are such a blessing!

  2. Sandy says:

    I live in Arizona, so like Chez, it is the summers that are difficult as far as getting outside and exercising. Last year I moved to a house with a pool so I started swimming. It is a little pool so a minimum of 50 laps is required but at least I am outside AND getting some exercise in.

  3. julie says:

    You two definitely have different issues than we’ve got right now! Swimming is great! And it’s somewhat helpful for lymphedema – I think the little bit of pressure from the water is supposed to be good for it. When I’m out playing concerts on tour, I always take advantage of any hotel pools – even the really small ones. It’s just so good to move in the water. Sometimes I just walk or run laps, pumping my arms back & forth through the water.

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