It’s fitting that the name of this blog is Get Out but it’s confusing to me that so many talk about, going IN during this time of year! Especially when they talk about fitness or what I prefer to call, movement. We are Vermonters and in this day and age, are blessed with Darn Tough Socks and Ibex and may other options in gear and clothing to keep us warm.
Part of my mission with Mocean365 is to open the eyes of people to give the outdoors a chance as a venue for dynamic movement in all three planes (forward and back, side to side and in the rotary plane). Why are winter conditioning camps and everything that is trying to get you ready for cold weather, done inside the gym or your basement? Its time to Get Out, even if it’s only one day a week that you normally would be in the warm confines of the gym.
Don’t know where to begin? Well think about what you do in the gym or at home inside to prepare. You squat and lunge and push and press. You accelerate and accelerate and stabilize. Load up some batteries in the headlamp, throw on your Smartwool and try it outside. Bring a friend or go it alone. Breathe the fresh air. Listen to your body and the sounds of the woods or park. Take it all in. It’s not stale or musty and you don’t have to feel self conscious. You just gotta DO IT and HAVE FUN!
Rocks, trees, hills all become fair game to prepare for snow season. The mixed terrain of our Vermont landscapes are stoked full of conditioning opportunities. Run, crawl, jump, roll, push, pull, throw. Split and stack wood, rebuild a stone wall. Grab a wheelbarrow and load it up and push up a hill. Want to talk about snow muscles?! Fill some buckets up with material and haul it. It’s all, “a workout.”
Volunteer at a trail day like last weekend at The Maple St. Bike Park. Hauling brush, cutting trees, all in the fresh air, couldn’t make for better snow season conditioning! Or talk to VMBA and see what they have going on for trail work.