The Snowpocalypse Workout

Winter has thrown a curve snowball our way in the form of SnowPocalypse 2015. With a predicted 20-30 inches of snow (also known as an actual 6 inches) we are stuck inside. While most are getting ready to plop on the couch to binge watch a TV show while half heatedly attending conference calls, I thought I'd share four of my favorite snowpocalypse inspired strength exercises. And the best part? You don't even need to get out of your pj's! Here's 4 of my favorite ways to workout when you're snowed in:

#1. Wine Bottle Dead Lifts

The key here is to use wine bottles that are full but because we are in Day 2 of the SnowPocalypse, mine are either empty or half empty. 

  1. Slightly bend your knees. 
  2. Hold one wine bottle in each hand.
  3. Bending from the hips while keeping your back completely straight and flat, slowly bend forward until you are parallel with the ground. 
  4. Slowly return to standing. 

Do 1-3 sets of 15-20 reps.

#2. Single Leg Wine Bottle Deadlifts

  1. Stand on one leg and hold the wine bottle by the neck in the same hand as the leg you are standing on.

  2. Keep the knee slightly bent and bend at the hip, using your opposite leg as balance and keeping your back flat and straight *(DO NOT ROUND YOUR BACK), and bend forward.  
  3. Lower yourself from the hips until you are parallel to the ground and slowly return upright. 

Do 2-3 sets of 15-20 reps on each side.

#3. Body Weight Squats

No wine bottle necessary, all you need is your body weight!

  1. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart
  2. Drive the weight through your heels NOT your toes.
  3. Ensure your belly stays tight while you keep your chest lifted to keep your spine in line.

 Do 3 sets of 15-20. 

#4. Planks! 

Planking is everyone's favorite. You know you just kind of plank in place until you just can't plank no more. If you really want to make this one extra special, dip your hips side to side. 

Hold for 1 minute and rest for 30 seconds. 3-5 reps. 

There you go, four of my favorite snowpocalypse exercises. And you can get some good arm curls in every time you lift that wine glass to your mouth. Keeping it well rounded. Happy snow day everyone, I'm gonna go sledding! 

Until tomorrow, #RunSelfieRepeat. 

 

 

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Kelly Roberts

It all started when a silly joke made headlines back in 2014 when I took selfies with hot guys “hottie hunting” my way through the New York City Half Marathon. But ironically enough, I haven't always been a runner. As the self-proclaimed former President of the "I f*cking hate running club", I spent most of my life finding ways to avoid physical activity. Growing up, I missed over 70 days of PE my senior year. Working out was something I thought I had to suffer through in order to lose weight. 

Then, in 2009, my younger brother passed away unexpectedly and struggling to manage my grief, I gained more than 75 pounds. With the weight gain came a new fight to regain my sense of self and learn to love the body I saw when I looked in the mirror. Then one Thanksgiving morning, drowning in grief and self doubt, I decided to go for a run. I didn't make it half way down my street before I had to stop to walk but for some reason, struggling forward made more sense than getting back into bed. It turns out that running is a lot like grief, neither ever really get easier, you just get stronger. 

Over time, I realized that while some people are in fact born runners, others are made. I created this blog Run, Selfie, Repeat and my new podcast by the same name with the hopes to inspire others to say yes to themselves while making them laugh hysterically because laughing, in my opinion, is the solution to everything. 

Named by Women's Running as one of twenty women who are changing the sport of running and by Competitor Magazine as one of 12 Influential and inspiring runners under 30, my mission is to inspire others to get embrace a healthy lifestyle and pursue the strongest version of themselves possible.