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Stay fit when you can’t get to the gym

snow day

The roads are a sheet of ice, and the gyms are closed. You hate to miss a workout and you don’t know what to do.

Better to be safe at home, than venture out on the ice. Here are some ideas how not to turn into a couch potato on days like this.

12well_physed-tmagArticle1. Seven Minute Workout

“There’s very good evidence” that high-intensity interval training provides “many of the fitness benefits of prolonged endurance training but in much less time,” says Chris Jordan, the director of exercise physiology at the Human Performance Institute in Orlando, Fla., and co-author of the new article. (read more)

2. Exercise during Commercials

commercial ExercisesCan’t get to the gym, spending time watching TV? Good news: You can watch at home AND still break a serious sweat! We reached out to Helena Wolin, ACE certified personal trainer and co-founder/CEO of Uplift Studios in New York City, and asked her to create a workout you can do during commercial breaks. Each of the moves below takes between two and three minutes—which means they fit perfectly between super-important plot points. (Read more)

3. Get the Family Involved

Here are some fun games that will get the heart rate up and involves the whole family. Try games like hot potato, hide and seek, and more. Visit this website for some great ideas.

Mardi Gras is Over

Madi Gras

What Next?

Mardi Gras, also called Fat Tuesday, refers to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany (Three King’s Day) and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, reflecting the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season.

Mardi Gras has come to an end. Today is Ash Wednesday, and the first day of Lent. Lent is observed between Ash Wednesday and Easter. The season of Lent originally was a time of fasting, however modern day religions believe they must give up or sacrifice a food or bad habit during this period of time. Red meat is one of the most common foods to give up.

It doesn’t matter what religion you belong to, or what your beliefs are. This is a great opportunity to give up something that is “bad” for you. You have the support of “the masses” as many people participate in the practice of Lent. By the end of the season, you will have become used to doing without the “bad thing”, that you will find it much easier to do without it indefinitely.

Some ideas of “bad” things to give up are:

  • Sugar (all foods containing processed sugars)
  • Red Meat (eat pork, poultry and fish for protein)
  • All Meat – Thinking of becoming a vegetarian or vegan? Now is a great time to start.
  • Smoking – So the New Years Resolution didn’t take, here is your second chance.
  • Drinking – Eliminate all alcohol during Lent.
  • Watching TV – How many hours to you spend parked in front of the TV? Get up and get going during this time.
  • Procrastinating. If you tend to leave everything for “tomorrow”, vow to get things done each day and not leave anything for tomorrow.

Can you add to the list? What are you giving up? Post it here.