Winter Storm Pax has landed feet of snow in some parts of the East Coast, right in time for Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day weekend. While it might be fun to spend an extended weekend snuggling with your significant other and indulging in sweets, it can also be detrimental to your healthy habits.
Here are 6 ways to battle the conditions:
- Get Shoveling: Clear the snow by hand using a shovel, instead of using a snow blower. This will allow you to get in your exercise and accomplish your task at the same time. Shoveling by hand will work out your entire body and help keep you warm.
- Keep Form: Lift and bend with the knees, not your back, when shoveling. Shoveling for long periods of time can be hard on your backside. Bending your knees instead of your back will help you avoid back pain and work out your legs in the process.
- Stay Hydrated: People often forget to stay hydrated when it’s cold and wet. Bring a pint of water outside with you while shoveling and don’t go back inside until you drink all of it.
- Take a Break: Remember to rest from shoveling when needed. It’s important not to over exert yourself, especially in cold weather.
- Share the Love: Share your Valentine’s Day goodies with your neighbors. Just because you’re shoveling snow, doesn’t mean you have to shovel Valentine’s Day treats into your mouth. If you receive a box of chocolates or treats from your special someone, share it with your fellow neighbors as a treat after shoveling all that snow.
- Have Fun: Pull double duty and have fun while working in some exercise. Build a snowman, start a snowball fight, or make snow angels. This is a fun way to keep active and make new memories with your significant other.