Think Rocky IV
Monday, February 14, 2011
"Huh?" you ask. You DON'T need a gym to put your body through an extreme workout. I've been lazy lately. I have not put in the effort to put on my ski pants and go outside and play. Tonight I was determined to do so, so even when my daughter refused to go out and play with me, I went by myself. Instead of using the sled, I just started walking around my yard. What's the big deal about that, you ask? Well, the snow is as deep as my knees. We have about an acre of land; I only walked around half of it. Several times I stopped, panting with exertion. A few times I wondered if my husband would come looking for me if I didn't make it back to the house. (No kidding, on that one. When you're a couple hundred feet or more from the house, and there is two feet of snow to walk through between you and it...well, you start to wonder.) So I was only out for 15 minutes, but I had a very strenuous workout. In fact, I don't think I've experienced the like since the LAST time I thought it would be fun to play in deep snow.
The moral to the story: walking through deep snow is really hard. No, wait, that wasn't the moral, though it is true. You do not need fancy equipment or to go someplace with equipment or to spend lots of money to get active. Look around in your own environment for activity.
And for those of you who don't know (which sort of frightens me, but I do suppose it's possible), in "Rocky IV" Rocky goes to Russia to fight their best boxer. He goes back to the basics and trains in a barn, running through deep snow, carrying a large heavy log, etc., whereas his opponent trains using modern equipment. Rocky wins the fight.