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 fit in a winter workout and exercise is important to maintain overall health and to avoid the winter weight gain that many complain about come spring.
Ideas Of A Winter Workout
It doesn’t have to be winter running or cross country skiing (although great if so!). Your winter workout 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.
Strength Exercises To Try At home
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 3-4 times a week:
- Squats: 15-20
- Push ups (knees or toes): 15-20
- Plank hold (knees or toes): 30 to 60 seconds
- Climbing stairs: 5-10 flights
Egg in a Kale Cup Recipe
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!
- Kale leafs
- cheddar cheese
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!
Hoping you enjoyed this super easy winter workout our healthy recipe! Happy winter!
Sarah at Continuum Fitness