Written by Melissa Bonner
Listen, we all know what’s coming – the inevitable New England snowpocalypse! And with that comes all the dreaded snow days. Kids are home from school and you have a workout routine to keep up. It’s very easy to get in the “well, I’m stuck at home so I have to skip my workout” mode but why?? All you need is 20-30 minutes a day to keep up your routine and give you the energy you need to get through those LONG snow days!
There is so much you can do from home with no equipment. And the best part? Get your kids moving with you too! Not only will it be valuable time spent with your children but you will all feel better after! It’s so important for our children to not only see us active, but for them to stay fit as well. All you need is a few simple moves, a little space and the motivation to work out on those snow days!!
Choose just one exercise focusing on a specific area of the body, set a timer and get to work! Strive for 1 minute for each exercise and go through as many rounds as you can, switching up your moves each round. These are short workouts. Maximize your intensity to achieve the most effective results. Always listen to your body and take breaks when you need it!
UPPER BODY: Tricep Dips, Push-Ups, Plank Hold, Alternating Side Planks, Tricep Push-Ups
LOWER BODY: Squats, Lunges, Hip Bridges, Curtsy Lunges, Wall Sit
CARDIO: Jumping Jacks, High Knees, Butt Kickers, Burpees, Lateral Hops
ABS: Bicycles, Reverse Crunches, Leg Lifts, Roll-Ups, Flutter Kicks
Now that you have your plan, how do you get the kids involved to help them burn off that snow day energy? If they’re younger, make it like a counting game. Can you do 10 jumping jacks? How many can you do in one minute? If they’re older, chances are they like a good competition! Can you do more than I can? If they need a break, let them track your timer. Or turn your work workout into a family friendly card game! Have the kids pick a card, where each suit is a different exercise (if you draw a Spade, you have to do Jumping Jacks, etc.).
Better yet…get outside and play in the snow with your kids; you’ll be sure to work up a sweat and burn a ton of calories (completely justifying that cup of hot chocolate to warm up!)! Happy snow days!