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Lara Price: Winter Workouts

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I am sure a lot of you in the Midwest are about to call "Uncle" on the whole exercise routine. It is really hard to get motivated when it is 6 degrees and snowing - or like in Minnesota, negative 40. I don't share your frustration as it has been like 80 and sunny here for the last 2 weeks, but I do feel for you!

If you are snowed in and can't get to the gym, and/or your kids are home because school was canceled and you can't even go out for a run (or very brisk walk - don't want any slipping happening!), there are still a few things you can do to burn some calories. I know it is tempting to just snuggle up and drink cup after cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows on top, but if you want to keep your belly from turning into a big marshmallow, try warming up with a little movement!

I don't know if any of you watch The Biggest Loser (absolutely my favorite show), but last night was classic. Most of the contestants' partners got sent home for 30 days and are to keep up their workouts on their own. Well Joelle's partner was breakin' it down! She was in her home, with some headphones on and just jammed for hours. Dancing around, breaking a sweat and burning a bunch of calories! There is an idea for you!

If dancing is not for you, turn on the tube. NO, don't sit there and veg in front of it, but find yourself a fitness channel. There are a bunch of them, some still dating back to the 70's or at least looking like it, but it will get you moving, hopefully sweating a bit and if nothing else, laughing.

Not into old school aerobics either? Well, clean your house, run up and down your stairs, jump rope in your garage, do jumping jacks with your kids, oh, and don't forget to walk your dog! No matter how cold it is, your dog still needs to go outside. Bundle up, bundle your dog up and get out there if only for 10 minutes (unless you live in Minnesota!).

Just make yourself move, everyday, as much as you can, even if it is within the walls of your home. THEN, you can have your cup of hot chocolate (but just one!)


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