19/01/2013

Benefits Of Snow - A Leg Workout!
























Here's me, getting a miserable pout on because the snow in County Durham has decided to come down much heavier than it had in the previous week (that's my 'snow should foxtrot oscar' face). But then I thought I'd use this flurry cold, wet snow to my advantage and came up with the brilliant idea to put on my gladrags (head warmer, scarf, gloves, boots...) and go out into the snow and give my legs a good workout - clever eh?

Brrr...doesn't it look cold! 
Snow actually provides great resistance, much like sand, for giving your calf muscles a good workout. It's a lot harder to walk on snow, than it is to walk on the hard ground, especially when you don't know how deep it is in places, and to include a a few steady gradients in your stroll will benefit you more. I chose to venture out to a local field/park place this morning for a little Saturday stroll and am now sitting here, muscles hurting, but with my brain feeling the benefits!

It's ok...I didn't want to keep my feet anymore anyway!
I have read that you can burn up to 270kcal an hour trekking and rambling through snow covered fields, which is brilliant for this time of year when everyone's on a health kick, but feeling like hibernating because of the chilly weather. I say, no! Get your snow gear on and get out there in the cold! What's more is that pulling a sledge, or simply making a big snowman, or even shovelling the snow from around you car all count towards a mini workout. I'm a big fan of burning calories when you don't even know you're doing it!

Snow makes everything pretty!
The best thing about walking in the snow? It's free! All you need are warm clothes, suitable waterproof footwear and your best buds/dog (or, if you're after some alone time like me, your music) and you'll have everything you need to slip in your daily workout without even realising.

Are you a fan of the snow or would you rather be indoors?

9 comments:

  1. You're so lucky! Wish I had snow where I live! I would definitely enjoy it outside :)
    xx

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    1. I want to build a snowman...but the novelty has kind of worn off now, it's all turned to slush :(
      xx

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  2. I HATE snow and I live in Canada so I'm used to it. It looks pretty in the countryside but in the city it gets all dirty and gross.

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    1. I completely agree with you. It's turning to dirty slushy snow now :(
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  3. Omg I live in Durham too, yey! It's sooo snowy where I live also :) I go to sixth form in Durham actually :) Nice to find another Durham-er haha

    emilyemilybeth.blogspot.com
    xx

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    1. Hehe, waves hello from Durham :)
      xx

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  4. Hey, I just came across your blog. I love it; so cute! (:

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  5. That's pretty! ♥
    Nice blog you have here dear!
    Check out mine sometime if you'd like ♥
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