Staying in Shape While Snowed In

  • Neon_Dreams

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    Nov 26, 2009 1:42 AM GMT
    All,

    I just recently moved to snowy Taos, NM from spicy Las Vegas, NV. I am living and working at a Bed N Breakfast in the Taos Ski Valley for the Winter of 2009/2010 and I wish to get in better shape for the Spring...

    Does anyone have creative suggestions for simple home workouts? When I am not snowboarding I will be in a small apartment in the mountains.

    I love to run too... Has anyone heard of running in the snow???


    Thanks for your ideas,


    Joe
  • GoodPup

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    Nov 26, 2009 2:58 AM GMT
    joecoolnv saidAll,

    I just recently moved to snowy Taos, NM from spicy Las Vegas, NV. I am living and working at a Bed N Breakfast in the Taos Ski Valley for the Winter of 2009/2010 and I wish to get in better shape for the Spring...

    Does anyone have creative suggestions for simple home workouts? When I am not snowboarding I will be in a small apartment in the mountains.

    I love to run too... Has anyone heard of running in the snow???


    Thanks for your ideas,


    Joe


    Running in the snow? Do people do such nonsense? I am from southern CA... so if its foggy or even a chance of rain or below 60 degrees I don't run. haha!
  • Neon_Dreams

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    Nov 26, 2009 3:16 AM GMT
    Yeah, I love to run so much! I heard there is a such thing as "Snow Running"...with special boots. I dunno! :p


    Joe
  • GoodPup

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    Nov 26, 2009 4:52 AM GMT
    That doesn't even sound remotely fun, hahaha!
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    Nov 26, 2009 5:43 AM GMT
    of course you can run in snow, I do every damn winter up here in Quebec.
    Just use my regular running shoes, but traction isn't great.
    But this year, after many many years of thinking about it, i'm getting running snowshoes.

    link:

    http://www.orssnowshoesdirect.com/all-racing-snowshoes-running-snowshoes.html

    you can get snowshoes for various conditions, but i want the running ones.

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    home w-o ?

    get a chin-up bar,a stability ball, and you're pretty well equipped for a more than decent workout.Both are cheap .
    You can use two tables or high benches to do dips .
    chin-ups , bicep with the chinup bar, abs and even push-ups with the ball.

    if you want to raise difficulty level for pushups, put on a backpack filled with books or anything heavy and do your pushups.
    same for abs, fill a box with books and stuff, and put it on your chest.
    OR buy a few free weights .

    So all in all, you're covering most muscle groups.

    and you should pick up XC skiing, that will work your back muscles & triceps!
    especially skating style. But equipment ain't cheap there icon_sad.gif




  • Neon_Dreams

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    Nov 26, 2009 1:29 PM GMT
    Thanks for the link to the snow shoes! Boy, they are expensive. I'll have to find somebody up here in Taos to hook me up for the season. As much as I want to run in the snow, I don't think I'm going to do so with regular running shoes.


    Joe
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    Nov 26, 2009 1:42 PM GMT
    I'm in the same position in terms of being snowed in (or in my case, just kept in by the cold). Obviously the snowboarding--if done a lot--will help get you in excellent shape, but there are several other things that you can do in addition to what xann mentioned

    First off, look up the Hotel Workout article on this site; it's good for maintenance but can also be retooled for increasing your fitness overall. It's a lot of body weight exercises.

    Second, for cardio outside of the boarding I suggest you get yourself a jump rope; they're much cheaper than the snow running shoes and there are a number of videos out there--including one on this site--that can give you a good jump roping routine.

    Third, do yourself a favor and buy a set of exercise tubes with a door or wall attachment. That will allow you to do resistance training from your home in addition to all the body weight exercises out there. Make sure you get a set of light, medium, and heavy for different muscle groups and types of exercise. These are also fairly cheap.

    That's what I'd suggest for you. Good luck and have an awesome winter carving up the slopes.
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    Nov 26, 2009 2:07 PM GMT
    Spend time on this sicte and see what you fancy

    http://www.bodyweightculture.com/
  • Neon_Dreams

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    Nov 26, 2009 4:51 PM GMT
    Chewey,

    thanks for the advice. I'm going to definitely start jump-roping! icon_smile.gif


    Joe
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    Nov 26, 2009 8:40 PM GMT
    don't write off running in your regular running shoes till you give it a try :p
    if you find a skidoo trail, when it's hard packed and cold, it's like running on pavement.
    same if you find snow shoe trails that become well packed, it's easy to run, and your feet never get cold, snow keeps your feet at more or less -5 C.,
    and circulation is at max , so warm blood keeping the feet comfy all the time.
    I've run at -24C , my eyes were getting glued together from the cold wind, my knees were burning, but my feet were just fine.

    avoiding slushy roads is a statement of the obvious of course.

    but if you prefer a jumping rope, have fun... or try to. :p
    personally indoor cardio drives me nuts.
  • Neon_Dreams

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    Nov 27, 2009 6:31 PM GMT
    xassantex,

    I think I'm going to do both- running on snow, with regular running shoes AND jump rope at my place.

    Thanks for the tips,


    Joe
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    Nov 27, 2009 6:38 PM GMT
    I used to get a great workout on xc skis, when I lived in Michigan. But there were decent trails within five minutes drive. Here, there's very rarely enough snow to cover all the rocks, and I can't get into driving 45 minutes just to work out for an hour.

    There are now a few crazy guys who are out bicycling every day no matter how icy and nasty it gets. I haven't had a good look at what they're riding. Not sure how they hold it together on the steep hills.
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    Nov 27, 2009 6:53 PM GMT
    Buy a pair of snowshoes. Snowshoeing is just about the most calorie intensive activity known to man (Chewey can personally attest to this!) It's for this reason I now LOSE weight every winter!
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    Nov 27, 2009 7:00 PM GMT
    I've hear having sex is a great way to burn calories. My advice - say indoors by the fire and make lots of babies with your bf icon_wink.gif
  • Neon_Dreams

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    Nov 27, 2009 10:31 PM GMT
    Sex and snowshoeing...and, I'll be sure to lose fat? Nice! So, here is my plan now-

    1. More Sex.
    2. Snowshoeing
    3. Snowboarding
    4. Skiing
    5. Push-ups and Pull-ups

    I will definitely post new pictures as the results come in!

    Thanks all,


    Joe