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.