It’s hard to think about fitness when all you want to do is huddle for warmth, but just because you’re housebound doesn’t mean that you can’t stay fit. Actually, getting the endorphins flowing will help keep depression at bay, no matter how much ice is building up on your windows.
To keep my little Fitbit happy and get to the magical 10,000 step mark earlier in the day, I’ve been adding a little time on the treadmill at the gym after I play tennis. Instead of listening to music, I’m finding it a great time to catch up with shows and podcasts using Netflix and Stitcher on my phone. Workout time has become thinking time for me, and when I get that Fitbit text telling me I’ve met my goal for the day, I feel amazing.
1. Resist: Carve out 5 minutes a day to do some resistance “sculpting” exercise. Pick one exercise a day (i.e. lunge, squats, superman) and do 3-4 sets of 20 reps. Over time, add some weight and increase the sets.
2. Walk: You shouldn’t stop moving from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to bed. Use an activity monitor like a Fitbit to make sure you walk at least 10,000 steps a day. Make your phone calls as you walk around the block, park your car a little further away, and take the stairs double time.
3. Blend: Soups and smoothies are the perfect “on the go” meals that take only seconds to prepare. They’re a great way to get all your veggies, fruits, healthy fats and lean protein in one meal.
4. Be Entertained… But Not on the Couch: I tell all my busy parents to make sure they’re moving while watching their favorite show. Whether it be “Breaking Bad” or “House of Cards,” stream your show to your phone or tablet with Netflix and you may end up working out longer and harder!
5. Sleep: One of the most common complaints I get from parents is they are exhausted! It’s so important to get at least 7 hours of sleep a night. Parents — make sure there is no light at all in your bedroom. That means no cell phones flickering, televisions blaring or alarm clocks flashing. Studies show even the smallest amount of light can disturb your sleep patterns. Other sleep tips include avoiding caffeine after noon, wearing an eye mask and avoiding surfing the web before you fall asleep.
I really like the idea of starting a show I’ve wanted to see and pledging to only watch it while working out. With the treadmill set slow, on 4mph with no incline, you can catch up on these two original Netflix programs in time for season 2 and burn enough calories to eat a few hot fudge sundaes: