Thanks to Winter Storm Jonas and the limited snow removal resources of the Virginia Department of Transportation, I’m still housebound and getting a bit antsy. As a Wisconsin girl, it’s hard to fathom that my street remains unplowed 48 hours after a storm. However, I’ve decided to channel my frustrations into a new blog post.
We all know that home exercise equipment and body weight exercises (i.e. pushups, squats, and jumping jacks) can help individuals get a good workout away from the gym (check out my Winter Storm HIIT Workout on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wyLnQM0RrY), but what if you don’t want a full-on sweat session? Here are some great activities to keep your metabolism buzzing and your mind engaged:
- Clean Ok, it’s not the most exciting suggestion, but cleaning is a productive activity that burns lots of calories. If you’re stuck in the house, you may as well freshen the place up a bit! Try putting on some good music and enjoying the process.
- Dance On that note, feel free to put on some good tunes and get your groove on! This is especially enjoyable when you’re home alone. 🙂
- Be a Kid Again Art projects, building forts with bedsheets, and active indoor games like Twister or hide-and-seek can keep everyone busy and content. Enjoy this opportunity to do something different with your family.
- Organize Once again, this suggestion is not particularly appealing. However, being stuck at home is a great time to clean out that neglected crawl space. (Plus, hauling all that junk can burn lots of calories!)
- Run or Walk the Stairs If you have a staircase, try running or walking up and down the stairs for two minutes. Rest for a minute and then repeat.
- Cook a Healthy Recipe Now that you have the time, try making a new healthy recipe. If you have kids, try to get them involved. Cooking can be a very fulfilling and laborious activity
- Countertop Pushups While you’re waiting for that new recipe to cook, use a sturdy countertop to do a few pushups!
- Play With Your Pets If you have cabin fever, chances are your dog does too! Spend some extra time playing fetch with Fido. He really appreciates it.
Now it’s time I take my own advice. I don’t have kids yet, but my poodle is more than happy to play tug-of-war. I’m going to enjoy this quiet day as much as possible (but please, VDOT, send a plow ASAP!).