Another Wisconsin Winter…

Another Wisconsin winter is here again, and we all know what that means…. Snow to shovel, windows to scrap, and lots of shivering in the cold. Most people don’t look forward to these activities every winter, but I think that you might want to change your mind when It comes to these chores. Each one of these activities is actually a workout in disguise that you can take advantage of.

Let’s look and shoveling snow first. I for one hate doing this because it takes forever, you have to stand outside freezing, and you are exhausted when you are done. However, these are all reasons that we should love shoveling snow! Shoveling snow can be a long sustained workout that can take 1-2 hours to get done. And according to MyCaloriesBurned.com, You can burn upwards of 400 calories per hour!  By comparison, you burn around 600 calories per hour while running.

How about a more annoying task like scraping your windows? Most people would just go outside a little early and start their car to melt the Ice. Not only is that bad for the environment, but you are wasting gas and money.  If you just suck it up and scrap the windows yourself, you are actually getting in a good workout. While scrapping, you are engaging your shoulder and back muscles, as well as you core to generate force. By tightening your core while scraping, you will actually feel a pretty good burn.

Finally, something we all do when we are cold is shiver. Shivering is your body’s natural way of trying to generate heat by forcing your muscles to tighten.  According to Livestrong.com, you can burn nearly 400 calories an hour by just shivering. (Depending on body type, body temperature). That’s a lot of calories for being cold!

(DISCLAIMER: I am not supporting that you go sit outside or turn the heat off in your house to freeze your butt off for a workout! Hypothermia can be deadly so please take proper precautions when going out in the cold!)

So lets say you wake up one day, shovel the driveway for an hour, then you have to scrap your windows for 15 minutes, plus you are shivering from the cold the whole time, you could possibly burn above 800 calories!  Bet you didn’t think about that when you set out that morning!

Next time your are faced with these chores, try and think about the positives and maybe it will make everything seem to go faster!

Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns!

Until Next Time , Stay happy and healthy!

Kevin Nelsen

Warhawk Fitness PR Team

NelsenKJ11@Uww.edu

http://www.mycaloriesburned.com/calories-burned-shoveling-snow/

http://www.livestrong.com/article/316126-the-calories-burned-from-shivering/

Saying Goodbye to the “Holiday Pooch” by: Abbey Bowen

Now that the ghosts of Christmas cookies past have found a home in your lower abs, it’s time to get rid of that, self-acclaimed, “Holiday pooch.”

Let’s face it, we all overdue it during this time of the year. Your grandma makes her famous potato salad, your dad baked your favorite pineapple upside down cake and you made seven batches of sugar cookies. To top it all off, you ate all of the food mentioned above within a time frame of 24 hours, am I right?

Well, never fear. I have a workout routine that is guaranteed to help.

A year or so ago, I started following Cassey Ho’s Pilates videos on a website called “Blogilates.” Ho, a Pilates instructor, creates videos titled “POP Pilates.” You can also find her videos on YouTube.

Every video targets a different area of the body and is set to current pop music. My favorite is a video designed to strengthen muscles in the gluteus set to the music styling of the “Bootylicious” queen herself, Beyonce (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzZSCsw6i2c).

Ho is really perky and makes exercising fun. Each video runs anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes. Due to the fact that they are short, Ho recommends doing at least three different videos or repeating the same video three times to get a sufficient workout in.

During the videos, she makes it known that she is also struggling with the moves. This ensures viewers do not get discouraged because they’re finding the moves challenging.

Speaking of which, I feel the need to mention that Pilates is anything but a cake walk. The moves are designed to stretch and strengthen muscles you probably didn’t even know you had. You will feel so sore the day after a workout, but the pain is worth suffering through for the killer results.

After doing Pilates for a year, my body has become so much stronger. The exercises have also helped me increase the duration of my cardio workouts. I can run, bike and stair step a lot longer now. My flexibility has also improved immensely.

Don’t just take my word for it, try POP Pilates for yourself: http://www.blogilates.com/#sthash.Z5BTJuD8.dpbs.

I promise, you will be seeing results in no time.

~Remember, you have to learn to love yourself before you can truly love someone else~

Abbey :]