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5 Tips for Staying Active During the Winter

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Target® C9 through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Target® C9 all opinions are my own.

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As someone who has lived in colder climates the majority of her life, I know that you absolutely can not hibernate as soon as the temperature changes. If you do, it makes for a very, very long 3,4,5 or 6 months. Or if you are really unlucky, longer than that.

This past weekend, we saw snow and the lowest temperatures of the season so far (9 degrees on Saturday morning!). I’ll be keeping these tips in mind all season long. And hoping that the Farmer’s Almanac is way off in predicting a harsh winter!

5 Tips for Staying Active During Winter

1. Change your mind – I really don’t like being cold. And I really don’t like the gray skies. Or the lack of color that winter brings. Instead of thinking of the negative aspects of winter, I’m thinking of what I LIKE about winter – hot cocoa around the fireplace, building snowmen, snowshoeing and snowboarding. Attitude is everything.

2. Be a kid again – Since having kids, I’ve had to remember how to play. And since my kids love the snow, play usually happens outside. We use beach toys to make snow castles or head to the nearest hill for sledding. Last year, during every snowstorm, Ron would use the snow blower to make a big tower in the backyard. He then sculpted a “castle” complete with a snow slide. We spent hours everyday playing on it all winter long.

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3. Learn a new sport – If you live in an area that gets snow, make this year the year to learn how to ski (downhill or cross country), snowshoe or ice skate if you don’t already know how.

4. Cross train – If you always run, now is the perfect time to mix it up. Try a spinning, yoga or Pilates class. Hit the weights. Maybe you want to try Cross Fit. Work on your core strength and other stabilizer muscles so you’ll be ready for Spring racing season. I’m planning on putting Target C9 gear to good use as I focus on getting back to my yoga mat.

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5. Set a goal – I’ve got a big goal to work towards this winter with the Boston Marathon coming up in April. Winter marathon training is definitely not easy. There are lots of obstacles that can get in the way of training. But keeping my eye on the prize will keep me focused even if that means logging more miles on the treadmill than outside. But if the weather gods are reading, I’d really like for this to be a super marvelous, mild winter. K? Thanks!


What’s your best way to stay active as the seasons change?

10 Bodyweight Exercises You Can Do Anywhere

Who needs a stuffy gym when you can get a great workout anywhere?

Bodyweight exercises are a simple, effective way to improve balance, flexibility and strength without machinery or extra equipment. I’m a huge fan especially since I haven’t had a gym membership in over 4 years. I’m lucky enough to have access to weight equipment at work but I supplement with bodyweight exercises just because they are fun and quick. Now that’s always marvelous.

Exercise that you can pop out anywhere are perfect when you are short on time. Got 10 minutes before dinner is ready? Do a little circuit of planks, squats and dips. The “I don’t have time!” excuse is inexcusable!

Here’s 10 exercises that you can do anywhere, any time.

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1. Inchworm: Stand up tall with the legs straight, fingertips touch the floor. Keeping the legs straight (but not locked!), slowly lower the torso toward the floor, and then walk the hands forward. Once in a push-up position, start taking tiny steps so the feet meet the hands. Continue for 8-10 reps.

2. Mountain Climber: Starting on your hands and knees, bring the left foot forward directly under the chest while straightening the right leg. Keeping the hands on the ground and core tight, jump and switch legs. The left leg should now be extended behind the body with the right knee forward.

3. Plank-to-Push-Up: Starting in a plank position, place down one hand at a time to lift up into a push-up position, with the back straight and the core engaged. Then move one arm at a time back into the plank position (forearms on the ground). Repeat, alternating the arm that makes the first move.

4. Burpees: Start out in a low squat position with hands on the floor. Next, jump the feet back to a push-up position, complete one push-up, then immediately return the feet to the squat position. Leap up as high as possible before squatting and moving back into the push-up portion of the show.

5. Single Leg Deadlift: Start in a standing position with the feet together. Lift the right leg slightly, and lower the arms and torso while raising the right leg behind the body. Keep the left knee slightly bent and reach the arms as close to the floor as possible. Raise the torso while lowering the right leg. Switch legs.

6. Wall Sit: Slowly slide your back down a wall until the thighs are parallel to the ground. Make sure the knees are directly above the ankles and keep the back straight. Go for 60 seconds per set (or however long it takes to feel the quake and shake).

7. Dolphin Push-Up: Start out in dolphin pose (down-dog with elbows on the floor). Lean forward, moving until the head is over the hands. Push up through the arms and return to the starting position.

8. Triceps Dip: Sit on the edge of a step or bench. Grab the edge of the elevated surface and straighten the arms. Bend them to a 90-degree angle, and straighten again while the heels push towards the floor. To make it a little harder, lift one leg off the ground.

9. Bridge: Lie on your back with the knees bent and feet hip-width apart. Place arms at your side and lift up the spine and hips. Only the head, feet, arms, and shoulders should be on the ground. Then lift one leg upwards, keeping the core tight. Slowly bring the leg back down, then lift back up. Try to do 10 reps per leg, then bring the knee in place and spine back on the floor.

10. Side Plank: Roll to the side and come up on one foot and elbow. Make sure the hips are lifted and the core is engaged, and hang tight for 30-60 seconds.

If you are looking for more bodyweight workouts, I’ve got you covered:

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No Equipment Required Body Blast - happyfitmama.comTotal Body Blast

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What are your favorite bodyweight exercises?

Endless Summer

 
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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Target® C9 through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Target® C9, all opinions are my own.

I seriously can not believe it is September. Wasn’t it just Memorial Day?

I had our whole summer planned out for us. Trips to the beach at least once a week, road trips, yoga on the beach (for me), hiking adventures.

And now it’s September. I don’t think we even accomplished half of what we wanted.

I really need an endless summer.

Well summer isn’t technically over till the 21st so we are going to try to scratch a few more things off our list.Even still, just because the calendar says summer is winding down, it’s not time to hibernate.

It’s time to get out there!

With the cooler temperatures and the mosquitoes not as relentless, it’s the perfect time to head to the trails for some hiking.

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Since my kids are only 4 years old, we haven’t been too adventuresome with our hiking trips. Mostly it’s been 1-2 mile walks with only a slight degree of upness. For the most part they do good walking on their own. The excitement of scrambling over rocks and trees pushes them for a good part. But there comes a point when Miss A. especially, gets tired and wants to be carried.

“That’s good marathon training” is what my husband tells me.

Hmmm…not sure about that one.

Another place that isn’t so relentless this time of year?

The beach.

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The tourists have mostly gone home. That means the locals can enjoy traffic free roads and wide open sand all along the seacoast again.

I love the beach year round. And my kids, well, they don’t care if the water temperature is 50 degrees. There’s sand. There’s water. Endless fun!

Target® C9 gear is perfect for outfitting you in all your fitness endeavors this season. I’m a huge fan of their half zip fleeces. I think I have one in every color actually! They are perfect to throw on for a crisp hike or a day of searching for sea creatures at the beach.

Bring on the endless summer!

What’s your favorite activity to enjoy in September?