Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Winterize Your Exercise

If you don't mind my asking, how's your New Years exercise resolution going? It's tough in winter. If it's not raining, it's snowing. Even when the sun is shining, it's cold. At least the sun is shining more. According to the U.S Naval Observatory's daylight duration table, we'll have 10 hours and 50 minutes of sunlight today, February 17. In a month, that will grow to over 12 hours!
Corner snowmound

I'm a runner myself. I feel your pain. There are still street corners in my neighborhood with mounds of snow on the sidewalk. I've taken to running around my quiet block 5 or 6 times to get my miles in.

Thankfully MCPL is here to help. Not ready to face the cold and dark of winter? Exercise inside! Our branches have a wide variety of exercise books and videos to help you keep fit while the weather outside is frightful. We have videos for cardio work, as well as strength training. We also have more focused material, such as our therapy exercise books for those with arthritis, osteoporosis and other medical conditions. We even have exercise videos just for kids. Ask your librarian for suggestions. Whether you're looking for an intense 30 Day Shred with Jillian Michaels or something more mellow like The Pain Free Program, we can find something to keep your winter active.

If you're looking for peace of mind as well as fitness, a number of our branches offer yoga programs. Of course, we have many yoga books, for adults and children, as well as yoga DVDs.

Perhaps you view winter as more opportunity than obstacle. Judging by the number of skiing books we own, it's a popular pastime. My one experience on the slopes didn't go so well, so I'll read about it instead. Two Planks and a Passion: a Dramatic History of Skiing may be worth a look for the title alone.
Work It Out book cover

If you prefer skates to skis, we've got you covered. Whether you're a hockey player, figure skating or beginner, we've got plenty of books and videos to smooth your glide. Montgomery County doesn't have any public ski slopes, but we do have two very fine ice rinks, at Cabin John and Wheaton. While you're there, tell the Montgomery Parks folks we said hi.

As for me? Well, our Canadian neighbors say it's still possible to run in winter, if you're well dressed and careful. Or, there's always the treadmill...

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