Monday, February 3rd, 2014...11:05 am

Beat Snow Day Boredom

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by KC Whitsett

Were you planning on going to that 7:30am spin class…only to find out that school is cancelled and the Rec is closed? It’s always nice to have a day off, but sometimes it can be a bummer if you were planning on a workout. So what to do?? Even when the conditions are too icy to go for a run, let alone walk to class, there are still many other options…

  1. Go for a snow hike: Did you know that you burn the same amount of calories by distance no matter if you’re walking or running? For example, if you run or walk one mile, you still burn the same amount of calories, it just takes longer if you’re going at a slower pace. So turn your favorite running route into a snow hike! Adding the extra resistance from trekking through the snow and all the layers you have on to be bundled up will really get your heart going. Take a friend down around CW or along the Matoaka trail for a beautiful view of the fresh snow.
  2. Have a dance party: If no one wants to go out in the cold, get your roommates, hallmates, or neighbors together, turn on some jams, and have a little dance party! Dancing is a great form of cardio, and can get all of your muscles involved. Be adventurous and try out some new moves!
  3. Try a prison cell workout: If you still really want a gym-like workout, try a prison cell workout, or rather dorm room workout. You only need a little bit of room, but can still get the same bang for your buck as if you went to the gym. There are lots of variations, but try this one out:

    10 pushups
    20 sit ups
    25 squats
    20 lunges (per leg)
    80 jumping jacks
    60 second wall sit
    Do it three times, or more!

  4. Clean: Sometimes we forget that you don’t have to be at the gym lifting weights or on the elliptical to get a workout in. And has that dorm room been getting really dirty? Spend some time thoroughly cleaning – moving around furniture, dusting hard to get places, vacuuming, and scrubbing, and you’ll be surprised by how exhausted you are afterwards!
  5. Take the day off! We William & Mary students are known for overworking ourselves, and sometimes we need to recognize that it’s OK to take the day off. In fact, your muscles need recovery time to get stronger and prevent injury. And everyone can use a mental rest day once in a while. Snuggle up with some hot cocoa or coffee, a good book, maybe some Netflix, a nice fuzzy blanket and enjoy the snow day!

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