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Achiever51 10-14-2007 03:58 PM

What's your exercise plan in colder months?
 
The cooler weather is here in the midwest, which means that shortly I'll have to put away my bicycle. This year, I've really enjoyed taking long rides as part of my exercise regime, along with twice a day walks with my dogs.

Shortly the lousy winter weather will blow in, making outdoor exercise difficult -- and then impossible. I have a treadmill, a small trampoline rebounder, fitness cords and exercise DVDs, and I try to work out nearly every day, but it's surely not the same as being outdoors. Moving to a warmer climate is not an option right now. So, for those of you in the northern climates (or anyone else for that matter), any hints on keeping fit during the "indoor" months?

travelover 10-14-2007 04:30 PM

I mall walk. It's cheap unless you buy something.

toofrugalformycat 10-14-2007 04:47 PM

I have a gym habit. It started with required rehabilitation of an injury, but now it's a big part of my daily socialization. It's like jury duty - exposure to a wide range of people I would never otherwise meet. If you have a choice, shop around to find one that suits you.

HFWR 10-14-2007 05:18 PM

Bought a $45 universal machine off Craigslist to replace the fitness center membership, and plan to use that a few days per week. Also like to mall walk. Gets one out of the house, staving off cabin fever, and the scenery, at least in the suburban malls north of Big-D, is very stimulating inspirational... >:D

CybrMike 10-14-2007 05:52 PM

Personal trainer at life time fitness. Otherwise my fat ass can't get motivated to work out.

Ed_The_Gypsy 10-14-2007 05:56 PM

exercise?

kumquat 10-14-2007 06:28 PM

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Originally Posted by Achiever51 (Post 566504)
The cooler weather is here in the midwest, which means that shortly I'll have to put away my bicycle.

I'm not really into exercise, but I live north of the 52nd and a friend from my ex-j*b still rides his bike 365 days/year at 64 years old. It gets down to minus 50F here (but he's still out there), can't be that bad now where you are.

Me, I just shovel snow.

W2R 10-14-2007 06:56 PM

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Originally Posted by Achiever51 (Post 566504)
The cooler weather is here in the midwest, which means that shortly I'll have to put away my bicycle. This year, I've really enjoyed taking long rides as part of my exercise regime, along with twice a day walks with my dogs.

Shortly the lousy winter weather will blow in, making outdoor exercise difficult -- and then impossible. I have a treadmill, a small trampoline rebounder, fitness cords and exercise DVDs, and I try to work out nearly every day, but it's surely not the same as being outdoors. Moving to a warmer climate is not an option right now. So, for those of you in the northern climates (or anyone else for that matter), any hints on keeping fit during the "indoor" months?

I have spent my entire adult life in warm weather areas, but I plan to retire in southern Missouri where there is (gasp!) SNOW and cold weather.

I plan to continue going to a gym (I do that now, and really enjoy it because it is often too hot to exercise outdoors here).

Also, it may take me a few years to learn to drive in snow and ice. So for that reason, I plan to set up a home gym for days when the weather is really bad. I plan to get a treadmill, exercycle, and other equipment, and set them up in a room with a TV.

I love the variety of equipment at my gym, and could never afford enough to be as happy with my home gym. But I can set something up to get me through cold weather times.

NotSoonEnough 10-14-2007 07:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Achiever51 (Post 566504)
The cooler weather is here in the midwest, which means that shortly I'll have to put away my bicycle.

I have a rule, I don't ride my bike when the outside temp is below 20 degrees F. I ride 10 to 20 miles a day most of the year, and on those days when the temp is lower than the rule I go for a 4 to 6 mile walk instead.

[Edit] I live in SW Idaho...

dumpster56 10-14-2007 07:33 PM

Put on warmer running clothes and go out and continue to run.

sailor 10-14-2007 08:57 PM

Wuss ;)
 
Just dress little warmer.
For inspirations see:
Icebike Home Page
and
Chicago Bike Winter -- Welcome Page

sailor,
year around bicycle commuter
PS: Here is a gift little sailor is getting soon, before morning temps drop below freezing: Bobike Bike A Way Voetenzak Maxi - (eBay item 290056874741 end time Oct-26-07 06:15:20 PDT)

FinallyRetired 10-15-2007 07:36 AM

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Originally Posted by sailor (Post 566589)
Just dress little warmer.
For inspirations see:
Icebike Home Page
and
Chicago Bike Winter -- Welcome Page

Any icebreaker sails?

Achiever51 10-15-2007 07:38 AM

Thanks everyone for the good ideas -- I had forgotten completely about mall walking...but then I haven't stepped into a mall since I retired! I'll check it out.

A question for those who ride/run throughout the winter: How do you deal with ice and snow? Seriously, do you go out in that kind of weather? I'm in Michigan and it is not unusual to get snowfalls of 6" or more. I'll get exercise shoveling it, but can't imagine taking a fitness walk/run/ride in it.

travelover 10-15-2007 07:53 AM

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Originally Posted by Achiever51 (Post 566636)
Thanks everyone for the good ideas -- I had forgotten completely about mall walking...but then I haven't stepped into a mall since I retired! I'll check it out.

A question for those who ride/run throughout the winter: How do you deal with ice and snow? Seriously, do you go out in that kind of weather? I'm in Michigan and it is not unusual to get snowfalls of 6" or more. I'll get exercise shoveling it, but can't imagine taking a fitness walk/run/ride in it.

I'm in Michigan and I walk regularly in the ice and snow (when I'm not mall walking). When it gets icy I use Yak Trax on my boots. They really help.

Yaktrax Walker Shoe Traction

smileydog 10-15-2007 08:08 AM

Unless it's raining (which we are wishing for in Atlanta) I hit the road or nearby trails. Treadmill and Eliptical are 2cnd choice - I much prefer being outside.

RunningBum 10-15-2007 08:25 AM

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Originally Posted by Achiever51 (Post 566636)
A question for those who ride/run throughout the winter: How do you deal with ice and snow? Seriously, do you go out in that kind of weather? I'm in Michigan and it is not unusual to get snowfalls of 6" or more. I'll get exercise shoveling it, but can't imagine taking a fitness walk/run/ride in it.

I love a walk during a snow because it is so quiet. Fewer cars out, and those that are out aren't making so much noise with their tires. I generally don't run while it's snowing/sleeting/cold rain.

Once roads have been plowed and sidewalks shoveled, you're really not dealing with snow and ice, just cold, and you dress in layers appropriately. I run in the middle of the day before melted snow refreezes in places. If there is likely to be some snow and ice on the surface I run in trail shoes, which have a much better grip. Some even use gore tex to help keep the wet out.

After a good snow I also snowshoe on the golf course.

ziggy29 10-15-2007 08:50 AM

We have the opposite problem here in Texas. We hibernate during the hot summer and enjoy the outdoors during the cool winter!

The problem is that summer doesn't seem to want to end and fall is late in arriving. We're paying for the relatively mild weather we had in June and July. Still hitting close to 90 here with regularity.

haha 10-15-2007 10:15 AM

Rain
 
Here on the NW Coast the issue is rain. Only once or twice a year do we get snow at sea level, at least recently.

In the city it isn't bad to just use an umbrella and walk. Up and down hills, you don't really have to run, though plenty people do especially in the typical light drizzle.

For people who have to walk or run on well traveled 2 lane roads, darkness is an issue. It really isn't safe for them.

Weather makes outdoor exercise kind of yucky and hard to embrace, but once started not too bad.

Ha

RunningBum 10-15-2007 11:42 AM

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Originally Posted by haha (Post 566699)
Weather makes outdoor exercise kind of yucky and hard to embrace, but once started not too bad.

Ha

Yep, I actually enjoy a nice drizzle once I've started running. It is tougher to get started though. When I do avoid is the cold rain, like 40 degree rain.

Ronstar 10-15-2007 08:08 PM

walking on treadmill and bowflex in front of the tv. But its not as enjoyable as being outside


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