Winter is here! Some of us celebrate and some of us cringe… Whether you cheer or boo – the key to surviving an Ottawa winter is to embrace it in one way, shape or form. Time will fly if you get the kids outside tobogganing, sledding, skating, skiing or even out to your local park. Finding time to exercise is important to maintain overall health and to avoid the winter weight gain that many complain about come spring. It doesn’t have to be winter running or cross country skiing (although great if so!). It can be as simple as a daily 20 minute walk (there is no bad weather, only bad clothing – layer up!), playing with the kids or joining a class to keep you motivated. Many fitness centres will offer free classes and trials. Continuum Fitness, for example is offering a week of free classes beginning January 12. Ask your local fitness centre about their specials and take advantage.
Can’t make it out for fresh air? Why not try a few strength exercises at home to keep the flow going. Try one set of each of the following:
Push ups (knees or toes): 15-20
Plank hold (knees or toes): 30 to 60 seconds
Climbing stairs: 5-10 flights
I also like to experiment with more savoury breakfast options in the winter. Try this egg in a kale cup for a kick start to your day. Very easy and nutritious!
Start by folding a kale leaf into a muffin tin. Crack one egg into the well. I use a muffin cup and crack one egg and some cheese for the kids. It should look like this:
Bake at 350F for 15 minutes or so until the egg is cooked or until it looks like this:
Sprinkle with salt and pepper and enjoy!