Good Morning, my friends. I hope everyone had a great week last week. To kick of the new week on the positive, this is The Workout of the Week. This is The Testing Out My Winter Gear On A Sunday Morning Ruck Workout. The post this week will talk about surviving winter, which is here to stay in Minnesota for the foreseeable future. It will include my workout schedule for the upcoming week as well.
Winter Is Here
In Minnesota, it snowed pretty much every day this past week. It didn’t add up to massive accumulation, but the snow was falling, all the same, leading to the inevitability that Winter has come and will be here for a while! Winter can be a tough season for folks in the North. As Winter arrives, it brings short daylight hours, cold temps, snow and ice, and for some people, it brings seasonal depression issues.
How Do You Get Through
How do people get through those long cold Winters up there in the North Country?
I think the best way to get through a Winter is to embrace the Winter. Outdoor activities can help curb seasonal depression and other effects of a long Winter. I love going out disc golfing, ice fishing, and hiking on the trails in the Winter, but in order to enjoy outdoor activities though, it requires having the right gear.
Essential Winter Gear
- A good pair of waterproof insulated winter boots – I have a pair of Keens that are my hiking boots and I have a pair of Vertiv boots that are rated to sub-30 temps for when it is really cold.
- Base layers – I have a pair of cold weather “tights” and an Under Armor shirt that I wear as a base layer under everything when it’s really cold.
- A Winter hat – I have half a dozen beanies, some thicker than others, and then I have a super-warm “trapper hat” that I keep in my car for those sub-zero days.
- Warm gloves – I have three different pairs of gloves I keep for winter. My IceArmor ice fishing gloves are the warmest.
- A jacket with layers – I actually have a very thick-lined zipper hoody that I wear. I layer it was a thick oversized flannel shirt. That keeps me warm most of the time, but when it gets super-cold, I have a sub-zero-rated goose down-lined winter vest that I layer over the hoodie/flannel combo. The vest is great for both disc golf and ice fishing! I also have two peacoats and a puffy down jacket.
- Winter outdoor pants or snow pants. I have a few pairs of thick-lined water-resistant outdoor pants. I keep my pair of thick snow pants in the car all winter in case it’s really cold out.
- A winter survival kit in your car – water, food, blankets, an extra winter jacket, gloves, hat, extra socks, hand warmers, and a first aid kit.
Embrace The Winter
When you live in a place that gets a Winter season, the best thing to do is to embrace it! Winter is as inevitable as the sun rising in the morning. Doing Winter activities is fun and makes the season better. Winter is a great time for hiking, snow disc golfing, and ice fishing. If you have the right gear for it, the cold is not an issue when doing these activities.
The Workout Schedule
Not much different in the workout this week. I do have two “free days” in there for the upcoming Thanksgiving holidays. I will be riding to some spin bike videos, like the one below from GCN, I will be doing a daily Yoga With Adriene video, like the one below, there will be some RBFTBs and heavy bag work. There will also be some shadowboxing intervals and I am going to try to get out and ruck or disc after work on days where the weather is good.
Wrap it up
There you have it my friends. Thank you so much for reading. Thanks to Motiversity, GCN, and Yoga with Adriene for the awesome videos as always. I hope everyone has a happy and healthy Thanksgiving Holiday this week. If you live where winter is, love it, embrace, get out and enjoy it! Get some winter gear and go outside! Until next time, be the hero or heroine in your story!