5 Ways My Family Stays Fit Through the Winter Heather Hopson December 18, 2014 Fashion, Food & Fitness, Mom, Pittsburgh & Philly Disclosure: Diary of a First Time Mom teamed up with UnitedHealthcare to show our Western PA Pride. Although I received compensation in some form, all opinions remain my own. Dear Diary, Since becoming a mom, my definition of exercise expanded. Years ago, a workout was water aerobics, 5 a.m. boot camp or spin class. Now, exercise is skipping the elevator and walking down three flights of stairs. Yes, we take the elevator to the third floor. Don’t judge me! But recently, I joined a gym–one with childcare, so I couldn’t use my daughter as an excuse for not breaking a sweat and shedding the post baby pounds. Breastfeeding, a.k.a. my Slim Fast, ended long ago, and so did the dress size shrinkage. That’s why I am aiming at being active. UnitedHealthcare is helping me to try this out before the New Year. I figure I might as well get a jump start on a workout routine, because who ever can keep a resolution? UnitedHealthcare’s campaign, Western PA Pride, asks Western Pennsylvania residents to take a photo of themselves being active and/or healthy around the city they live in, and to upload the photo to WestPaPride.com for a chance to win a 12-Day Holiday Challenge. The promotion will run from now through Christmas Eve and with each photo submitted, users are entered for a chance to win a $25 gift card! There will be one $25 gift card winner every day for twelve days. Who doesn’t need to lose weight and gain money during the holiday season? So, won’t you join me in a winter workout? Here’s how we can be active and healthy. 1. Join a Gym & Go I signed up and paid my fees at a gym ten minutes from my house, Now, it’s time to actually take advantage of my membership. Not going is the equivalent of throwing $40 in the trash each month. At the gym, I can make new friends, check out hot guys and yeah, I almost forgot, get my pre-pregnancy body back. 2. Shake Your Grove Thang Dance off those winter weather blues in your living room! My daughter and I pump up the jams and shake our grove thangs. Recently, Caitlynn learned the Chicken Dance at school, and the son has been in heavy rotation in our house. 3. Build a Snowman If you’re the parent of a child 12 and under, thanks to Frozen, you’ve probably been asked if you wanted to build a snowman on more than one occasion. Building a snowman, throwing snowballs and sledding at a park create memories for your family and burn calories at the same time. 3. Take a Walking Tour Instead of hopping in your car, why not check out your neighbor’s Christmas lights by foot? You can even belt out a couple of Christmas carols along the way. Downtown Pittsburgh shines bright this time of year. In addition to the lights and window displays, holiday markets set the scene. And you might even spot Santa Claus while you are out and about. This weekend, we picked my daughter up from an out-of-town visit at her father’s house. The winter weather didn’t keep us from going to the beach! 5. Strap on Skates Outdoor ice skating rinks are the perfect place to enjoy the winter weather. You’ll have so much fun, you won’t notice that you’re cold! And according to fitness experts, a 150-pound person can burn 240 calories in 30 minutes! MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink at PPG Place and the Schenley Park Skating Rink are local landmarks. A visit to both places should be on everyone’s holiday bucket list. Hey DFTM Fam–How is your family staying fit throughout the winter? Want to learn more about UnitedHealthcare and its quality, affordable health insurance options? Visit UHC.com. Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.