Any of my family and friends can tell you how much I hate rain and typically won’t even leave my house at all. To add to the issue, Atlanta traffic is a BEAST when there is just a few drops of rain water on the roads…but your body doesn’t know that. You might not like cold weather, but that doesn’t mean you can go the whole winter without exercise!
I’m certainly not suggesting that you go outside and workout if there’s a monsoon going on. But because unfavorable weather is inevitable, you need to consider both indoor and outdoor exercises so you don’t get too far off from your regimen.
Exercise is important for everyone, but especially for us post-ops. We HAVE to get it in. Bad weather sucks, but that’s not an excuse to not work out. There’s been alot of rain in the past two months in my city, it’s been a struggle some days to make myself get up and go. Therefore, I’m making using the weather as an excuse not to workout as the Excuse of the Month.
Personally, I prefer to either go to the gym to workout, or go to the park to hike or walk and take in some fresh air. But on days when I’m stuck in the house, I try to tap into other options. There are some great free resources on the Internet for indoor exercises you can do in your living room. Some of my favorite channels are Brick Build Apparel, DivaSlimsDown, JLovesMac1, and Lyzabeth Lopez. These channels have lots of great cardio and strength training workouts that don’t require gym equipment. And I like using an armband for my cell phone so I can listen to music while working out at times.
Other options, of course, include buying your own exercise equipment. I’m not a huge fan of this, only because it’s my personal preference to go outside the house to work out, and plus the expense can really add up. But you don’t have to spend alot. Small items, like resistance bands or light hand weights, can really help burn calories and fat; you don’t necessarily have to lift heavy weights to lose weight and build muscle. Just be sure to increase your reps when using lighter weights. However, don’t go too overboard because you can do some real damage if you don’t lift correctly; speak with a personal trainer or other professional for advice. But at least try to get in at least 20 minutes of something.
My biggest piece of advice is that when weather is bad, even if you skip a day or two of exercise, you have to be especially mindful of your eating habits. If you’re anything like me, cold weather makes me want old-fashioned comfort foods (i.e. chicken pot pie or chili with a heaping slice of hot buttery corn bread) and really hot weather makes me want the usual summer treats (i.e. a double-scooped ice cream cone or iced sweet tea). Rain makes me want to sleep, and sleeping on a full stomach is not a good idea either. Check out some healthy food swaps, such as on Pinterest or this article on Buzzfeed, if you just have to have that stuff. Oh, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention my new favorite summer treat – Halo Top ice cream. Made with Stevia and Erythritol, and perfectly portioned with about 300 calories or less per pint, this is PERFECT for us post-ops or anyone trying to watch their blood sugar levels.
What do you all do to stay on track during bad weather? I’d love to hear from you!