We Ask Locals: How the Heck Did You Survive that Polar Vortex?

February 1, 2019


We Ask Locals: How the Heck Did You Survive that Recent Polar Vortex?

Not too many of us want to be outside exercising in sub zero temperatures. But even when it is cold, it is important to stay active. Here are a few suggestions on ways to get moving even in the cold:
-Do some spring cleaning. Believe or not, vacuuming and dusting burns calories. In fact, a 150 pound person can burn 170 calories during light cleaning.
-Have a dance party. Involve your kids. Put on your fave music and get your groove on.
-Try this workout in the comfort of your own home (remember to always consult with your primary care doctor before starting something new):
  1. Pushups (20 reps)
  2. Pullups (10 reps)
  3. Burpees (15 reps)
  4. Air squats (20 reps)
  5. Mountain climbers (30 reps)
  6. Box jumps (10 reps)
  7. Crunches (20 reps)
Repeat for 3 sets.
If you do decide to head outside, follow these tips to keep you and your kids safe during cold weather:
-Layers are most important. You can always take some off, but it’s tough to stay warm if you don’t have enough on. Also, layers should be loose because the air between the layers keeps you warm.
-It’s a myth that humans lose most of their heat through their head. Most heat is lost through exposed body parts. So keep your head covered with a hat, but keep all other body parts covered as well!
-Be outside in short stints. Let your kids spend 15-30 minutes outside, then take a break. Or if you are exercising, do the same. Find a workout that’s short, or where part of it can be completed inside.
-Lastly, if you get wet, change your clothes immediately. Better yet, stay dry with a waterproof coat or jacket if it’s rainy or snowy.