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Winter Workouts That You Don’t Even Realize!

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The winter season has a negative reputation that many constantly blame as the main reason as to why people avoid partaking in physical activity outside. Well, it no longer has to to be seen that way when dressed in the appropriate winter gear that will keep you cozy and warm. Here are a list of activities that you should considering partaking in this winter season that will for sure encourage you to get moving outside. You won’t even realize it because you are too distracted by all the festive fun you are having!

Sledding

The dreaded trek up the hill that seems to last forever is both exhausting and tedious with all of gravity going against you and your quads, in exchange for a couple seconds of adrenaline. But hey, the ride down makes it worth it and is motivation enough to continue the never ever cycle with friends. At some point, it no longer feels like a workout and turns more into a bonding experiences with those who you love being around with most!

Ice Skating

Whether it be on an intimate date or a just causal hang out with friends, skating does wonders for your whole body. It provides complete aerobic workout and involves all of the body’s muscles, especially the heart, that you can’t even tell you are working out when you are having fun with great company – or spending time falling on the ice, either or!

Skiing/Snowboarding

These sports epitomize the winter season. Both provide a catastrophic list of benefits beyond the obvious. It is proven to strengthen bones and joints, improve balance and core strength, and promoting deep sleep after all the workout it has put your body throughout its the full duration of the activity.

Snowball Fights

From the throwing that works your arms, the dodging and hiding that involves being in a constant squating or crouching position, to the cardio involved in all the running involved in the game – a simply game of snowball fight contributes to a full body workout without realizing it! 

Shoveling

No one likes to every be bothered with this dreaded task, but we all know it needs to be done. Dress warm, pop some music in your ears and remember that it works muscles in your arms, shoulders, legs, back, and core. Only 30 minutes of shoveling can burn about 250 calories!

 

Fall recipe: roasted vegetables

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While it may not have felt like fall at all the last few days, the first day of fall was actually last week. And in the spirit and anticipation of fall-like weather (along with keeping my tradition of posting seasonally themed recipes), I am bringing you a delicious, and healthy, fall themed recipe.

The fresh vegetables of fall are definitely one of the greatest parts of this season, so I say we all take advantage of the in-season produce. Make sure you are picking up your ingredients at a local farmer’s market, I picked up a haul of fresh produce at the farmers market held on campus last week. It is the easiest way to ensure you are getting quality, healthy, delicious ingredients. And, the best part about this recipe is that it has a really short prep time, giving you plenty of time to still enjoy the crisp weather of the season while you wait for your vegetables to cook.

What you need:

1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed

½ pound of butternut squash, peeled and cubed

10 baby potatoes, sliced in half

½ pound green beans

3 medium sized carrots, peeled and halved

8 ounce package baby bella mushrooms

½ red onion, cut in wedges

1 head garlic, peeled

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 tbsp italian seasoning

2 tsp salt

Freshly cracked pepper, to taste

Fresh thyme, to taste

Now for the preparation, preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Place all of your prepared vegetables onto a large baking sheet, toss the vegetables with the vinegar, olive oil, and seasonings. Then, bake for 45 to 50 minutes.

This recipe is so quick, and is easily customizable. I have sweet peppers sitting around that I am planning to throw in the next time I make this recipe. So, have some fun with this recipe and use it to dive head first into fall like I am planning to do, after all it is my favorite season! Hope you enjoy, and be sure to share pictures of your completed recipe with us!

Alicia Diedrich

The recipe was found at: http://www.colorfulrecipes.com/roasted-fall-vegetables/


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