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Be Shoveled.


I don’t know about you, but I love living in New England. Nothing like getting buried underneath 12+ inches of heavy wet snow and then getting to dig out! Shoveling can not only be a tiring chore, but it often causes several aches and pains for days to come.

Here are a few tips to protect yourself while shoveling and maybe even get in a bit of a workout:

  • Make sure to lift with your legs and not your back-make sure your knees are bending and you aren’t leaning over with your back
  • Use a smaller shovel if the snow if really heavy
  • Increase the distance between your hands in order to increase your leverage
  • Take breaks and make sure you stretch after
  • Try to stay ahead of the snow and shovel throughout the storm, instead of waiting until the end when the snow is piled up
  • Try to avoid twisting when you throw the snow
  • Don’t forget to tighten your core in order to protect your back

Once you’re done, make sure to head inside and warm up with some hot chocolate!

 

Be Healthy. Be Balanced.

-Alicia and Nikki

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Be Winterized.


After spending the morning Christmas shopping at the mall and then watching the Patriots play a very snowy game in Chicago (really I was thinking about how thankful I am that it isn’t a home game and I, therefore, don’t have to shovel out my car tomorrow morning), I got to thinking about all of the activities this time of year that are quite efficient calorie burners and some of them are even kind of fun!

  • General house cleaning for all those holiday visitors: 145 calories per hour
  • Shopping: 150-250 calories per hour, depending on pace and load you are carrying
  • Shoveling snow by hand: 293 calories per hour
  • Ice skating: 263 calories per hour
  • Downhill skiing: 280 calories per hour
  • Snowshoeing: 400 calories per hour

**These counts based on a 140lb female**

Keep these activities in mind as the cold weather starts to set in or when you want to switch up your gym routine!

 

Leave a comment: What are your favorite winter activities that double as exercise?

Be Healthy. Be Balanced.

-Alicia and Nikki

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