You know, it can get pretty cold in autumn. The first part of October may not seem too bad, depending on your location, but as the month wears on, it usually gets pretty chilly. While most everyone enjoys the change in seasons and embraces boots, scarves, and pumpkin everything, it can be a bit hard to keep up one aspect of homeschooling during the colder months. That would be P.E., or physical education. Before you know it, it’s just a little too cold to take a bike ride or run around the block. What can you do to still stay active in the fall and winter?
—This is what Wii Fit is for, darling. I will be the first to admit that Wii Fit can’t quite replace going for a run or riding an actual bike. Still, it’s has some pretty great programs and can definitely make those muscles sore. That’s what we’re going for, right?
—Focus on muscular exercises. When it’s a little harder to get in as much cardio as you’d like, you can focus on muscular exercises. So get on the floor and start those sit-ups, crunches, push-ups, planks, squats, and lunges. Why not mix in some yoga to help with flexibility as well?
—Run on the treadmill. If you have a treadmill or elliptical machine in your home (you know, that one that clothes and boxes and all that “extra” stuff is stored on?), now is the time to put it to use! Thirty minutes a day—you can do it!
—Hit the gym. This is probably the most popular by far. Even though it can still be hard to muster the motivation to go to the gym when it’s cold or snowy outside, it’s still a great way to get your workout in. And, without freezing. I mean, can’t really argue with that, right?
—Bundle up. Some people are simply more hardcore than others. If you hate running on the treadmill, and you don’t want to pay for a gym membership, but you still need your workout, start layering. I recommend sweat-wicking material for any workout, but especially when you’re putting on so many layers. A good pair of yoga pants/sweatpants with a sweat-wicking jacket and a sweatband for your ears is a great place to start. Some people don’t like running in pants no matter how cold, so if you’re one of them, make sure to combine your shorts with layers on top. If you don’t have a sweatband for your ears, wear a hoodie or beanie. Believe me, when your ears get super cold, it just feels miserable trying to continue the workout.
Figuring out P.E. in the cold while homeschooling can be a bit tricky if you don’t play sports or are part of a co-op, but not impossible! 🙂