How To Stay “Fit” During the Winter… Or Not

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It’s time to celebrate the laziness of winter. You can finally ditch the running shoes and stay in shape the Michigan-winter way!

It’s winter and you know what that means. A snowflake drifts daintily onto the tip of your nose. Your cheeks are as red as the leaves that just covered the ground (where did those go by the way? Isn’t it still October?). There are no amount of layers that could protect you from this dreadful wind chill infiltrating the puffy down of your winter coat. Which part of this scene make you want to go for a quick run?

If your answer is “none,” ing understands. That’s why we’ve created a list of the best winter workouts to keep you in shape (and warm) during the frigid winter months.

Shoving popcorn into your mouth while binge-watching Netflix

If you’re going to attempt this exercise, make sure you use the proper form: sit in the grungiest sweatpants you can find, with your eyes glued to the TV and a large bowl of that buttery snack in your lap. Alternate between your right and left arm as you shovel handfuls of popcorn into your mouth, occasionally reminding Netflix that, yes, you are still there. It’s like a bicep curl, but not.

Walking from the couch to the kitchen, and walking back after staring into your empty fridge

Complete 10 reps throughout the day before sighing in defeat and hoping your roommate stops at the grocery store on their way home.

Tearing the covers off your bed and fumbling around until you find your phone

During that panic-stricken moment when it appears that your phone has disappeared into the abyss of blankets and food wrappers, disassemble your entire bed. The more dramatic the search is, the more effective the exercise.

Scraping the stubborn ice off your windshield before you can drive anywhere, at all

For this amazing full body workout, all you need is an ice scraper and the large icicle that used to be your car. The more frozen the ice is, the better the workout you’ll get. After doing this everyday, you’ll pull off your parka to discover beautifully toned biceps.

Getting up after that embarrassing fall on the crosswalk

If the blood rushing to your face doesn’t warm you up after you realize your Psych 101 crush just saw you wipe out, trying to get off the ground will prove to be the calorie scorcher you’re looking for. Just when you think that your feet are planted, you’ll probably have to find your balance again before running out of the way of oncoming traffic.

Please consult your physician before starting any exercise program

 

Danielle Schwartz is a junior studying English and professional writing. When she’s not writing or taking pictures of her dog, you can usually find her eating a veggie burger or drinking English Breakfast tea. See her dog pics on Instagram at @danielleeilleen.

 

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