Okay, so if you're in the midwest, you've been battling the bitter cold, ice, and snow for days. Let's take it one step further....you're probably dreading the snow's next downpour because you're tired of:
a) being cold
b) being subjected to cabin fever
c) shoveling the snow
d) feeling like you never shoveled the 1st, 2nd, 3rd time, or 100th time
e)all of the above
If I could give you a bit of inspiration, I'd say to turn your snow shoveling hardship into a DIY Winter Workout. It may not seem like the ideal workout, but truth is if you shovel the snow multiple times per day, you could get in your 4-day a week workout in let's say....a day?
Consider this: Snow shoveling is a high-intensity exercise that revs up your cardio levels and uses all of your muscle groups . I can vouch for this because when I shovel, my entire body hurts the next day or two (so be careful and stretch prior to the task). Also, if it takes you 30 minutes to shovel snow, you could burn nearly 200 calories. If your driveway is the length of a football field like mine, the hour or beyond you'll spend shoveling the snow will grant you 400 or more calories burned. I swear it's the only benefit I could think of while being out there.
So, next time you see the snow fall, the one thing you could do instead of frown or better yet, curse the sky, you could actually thank the heavens for allowing you a workout you didn't have to plan for. Keep up the good work and enjoy your summer physique...compliments of the nearly national winter wonderland. Yeah...it's been that bad!
Disclaimer: Multiple research articles classifies snow shoveling as a high-intensity exercise. While everyone should always consult their physician before starting any exercise program, those who have health problems that could increase health risks should talk to their doctor before engaging snow shoveling.
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