No, I'm talking about the Blizzards that you can buy at Dairy Queen, that would just be too awesome- I'm talking about the blizzards like much of the east coast recently experienced via Winter Storm Jonas. Blizzards can be extremely beneficial for how you think about your health regardless of how much time you may be snowed in!
I want to give you some background on where I grew up and how I came to face one of more aggressive blizzards in recent history for the eastern coast. I grew up in Georgia and the last time I experienced a blizzard was in 1993. We received somewhere around a foot or two of snow and my recent move to Maryland brought with a lot of questions to the natives about properly preparing for the "snowpocalypse." Interestingly enough, the underlying tone for each conversation was adequately preparing for the unknown.
Nobody really knows the exact amounts of snow that will fall or how fast despite the new advances in technology. I asked questions from what to buy, when to buy it to how often to shovel snow and everything inbetween. This is where humility and other's experience were key in not making stupid mistakes that could prove costly. The more I prepared for the upcoming storm, it wasn't about stocking for weeks on end or buying the biggest baddest snow blower (even though that would be awesome) it was about making sure to attack snow removal, meal preparation and staying consistent with each process. This is where I was struck with the thought of how we as a society could learn a lot from blizzards and improve our health from them. Turning something disastrous into something great.
Buying Food for a Week or Two at a Time
All of a sudden, the shelves emptied in every local grocery store of milk, eggs, bananas and bread. The staples were gone if you didn't sprint to the store before everyone else. We need to implement this thinking into our daily diets. Not buying in a panicking mode, but buying healthy foods and planning out your meals. This is crucial when meeting your fitness and weight loss goals. Going to the store on a whim or because you are hungry reinforces binge eating habits along with buying quick and convenient meals at the drive-through to at the local convenience store.
We need to plan meals appropriately during storms, so why not implement that in our daily lives? Write a list of meals that you will prepare for the next week or two. This will not only to help you skip out on eating garbage foods, but to sit down with your family and grow closer to your loved ones!
Shoveling Snow Often
It is a whole lot easier to shovel snow every couple hours than it is to wait and fight 3-4 feet worth. By the time all the snow shovel warriors came out (after the blizzard) I had a completely dug out area around my vehicle and I didn't exert near the energy or time that all the neighbors had to days afterwards. We need to think about this with our exercise schedule! A little time devoted each day to exercise will not only make you feel better each and every day, but there is less work to do if you neglect your body for years!
Let's take a look at someone who suffers from heart disease, where their arteries are blocked with plaque. The oxygen not getting to certain parts of the heart because of plaque build up and can cause permanent damage. There is no recovering that part of the heart afterwards. This is one reason it is so important to stay moving and eating healthy!
A little bit every day accumulates to a lot in the long run!
No One is Going to Shovel Snow for You
Here I am, brand new to Maryland and I know that those living around me have been through plenty of snow, yet I saw them attempting to dig out their cars with baking sheets and dust pans. Needless to say, their efforts were exhausting to watch and obviously they were planning on someone else to make their life easier in this time of emergency. Everyone was on the same playing field during this snow storm. You didn't take care of your car, good luck! The streets were covered and no emergency services could even make it down the roads. This is where that "plan ahead" part comes in when (buying a snow shovel may have been a good purchase)!
Find deep down in you a reason that you need to keep going- a reason to stay healthy.
No one is going to walk those miles or make certain food choices for you! Times may be rough for you and those around you, but if you make a regular effort to aid or avoid an emergency situation, life gets a lot easier a lot faster!
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