Off Season...What does it mean to you?

by Tom
(Long Island, NY)

If you reside in the Northeast, you are probably bracing yourself indoors waiting for tomorrow's big snowstorm. Winter's like that - little or no sun, freezing outside, road conditions unreliable or suboptimal. You get the picture.

The challenge is how to retain and perhaps (yes) build upon your fitness. It's too often we fall into a hibernation, of sorts, pack on the pounds (not the good ones) and fall into a depression of sorts.

Winter does not have to be like that. The challenge is to jazz it up, stay active and either maintain/build upon your fitness. Of course, my recommendation would be to do so smartly and safely and yes, gradually. There are tons of options out there. Hit the YMCA for a morning swim. Hop on your bike indoors on a trainer...Indoor strength training...Head out for a run (with the right wicking clothing - (see bottom), a head lamp and plenty of reflectors and blinky lights, you would be fine. Now's the time to work on things you don't get a chance to work on when the season comes around....C'mon - no more excuses..No need to wait till spring..GO HAVE SOME FUN!

As promised - here's some links for cold weather clothing. I always look for big bargains for awesome name brands at Sierra Trading post ( My suggestions would be for Sporthill hats, Icebreaker for great Merino Wool baselayer stuff, Marmot shells and jackets and Sugoi, Craft or Pearl Izumi running tights. LOOK FOR BARGAINS THOUGH! BE SAFE and HAVE FUN!!

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Feb 10, 2010
Off Season...
by: Mike

Great comments Tom ! Keep your thoughts and ideas coming !

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