Even at my peak Calorie-obsessed food-weighing gym rat days, my favorite way to work out was… well… anything that didn’t feel like “working out”: dancing with friends, walking through my city, running mud races or color races, walking to the small movie theatre a mile from our apartment (and the uphill walk on the way back). After years of being at the gym for 2+ hours per day, every day of the week, not having a gym membership was liberating, although scary at first.
I had bought a stationary bike, a yoga mat, and some dumbbells. I went running on occasion and eventually trained for and ran a half marathon. Even though I had an amazing group to train with, it still felt like work.
Even the beginning of my running days involved me wanting to get through my workout as quickly as possible. I used to walk 2 miles, but wanted it to take less time. I remember the specific moment of thinking, “I can finish this 2 miles twice as fast if I run most of it!” And so my kinda-sorta-love for running began!
Four years, negative-thirty pounds, and one renewed gym membership later, I’m much more fit than I was back in 2008, dragging my chubby butt around a 2-mile running path, I still mostly enjoy workouts that don’t have that grunting-and-groaning-in-a-building-full-of-equally-sweaty-and-exhausted-people component. My perfect workout? The Blizzard of 2013, aka “Nemo”.
Saturday morning, we awoke to over 2 feet of snow in our 6-car-length driveway.
And the 6 foot tall drift along the length of it…
Shoveling waist-deep snow is definitely quite the workout!
As well as digging my car out from underneath a 6 foot snow drift!
After two hours, we had cleared a nice walkway and opened up a car-sized empty spot behind my car so that we could move it later that day.
After a long break, we cleared all of the snow you see here, as well as removed all of the snow from my car. We even moved it a little bit up the driveway just before it got dark out.
By Sunday morning, our landlord had someone clear the rest of our driveway (up to my car) so we finished that up by the afternoon and moved my car up to bask in the sunlight!
Then we explored…
I’d take 5 hours of shoveling and playing in the snow over running on a treadmill any day!
So, here are my tips on how to not work out: