When the weather outside is frightful, the thought of exercise can be a bit daunting as well. After all, the last thing anyone wants to do in the bitter cold of winter is stick to a fitness regimen.
Thankfully, there are ways in which you can stay focused on your health goals while avoiding freezing cold temperatures. Don’t let the cold weather stand in the way of your health. Check out these easy exercise tips as alternatives to outdoor exercise to work on your fitness and avoid the winter blues.
- Planks, squats and jumping jacks. These tried and true exercise moves can be done in the comfort of your living room. However, those aren’t the only exercises you can include. Build strength, endurance and good cardiovascular health with everything from dumbbells to jump ropes, all of which can be used indoors.
- Spinning classes. Nothing says workout like a good old fashioned spinning class. Indoor cycling burns calories, works out tons of muscles in your body, and keeps your exercise routine fun.
- Online videos. A couple of decades ago, we had fitness videos on tape. These days, find your fitness videos online! Check out YouTube and look up exercise routines to try indoors. You’ll be surprised how much variety you find right at home.
- Dancing. Dancing is a great way to exercise while having fun. When the cool temperatures lead to chilly feet, what better time to put on your dancing shoes?
- Yoga. For a relaxing way to stay fit, look no further than yoga. With both mental and physical benefits, yoga is the ideal indoor fitness regimen to get you in the spirit of the season.
- Cleaning! That’s right! When all else fails, rest assured that a good cleaning session around the house is a way of getting your exercise during the winter, without having to go outside.
Winter doesn’t have to be a hindrance on your exercise routine. Finding the right indoor regimen for you is all about getting creative and sticking to your goals. Cirro Energy is committed to helping you and your family enjoy wintertime by helping you save money on your electric plan! Visit Cirro Energy’s website for more information on low fixed-price plans, and tune in to Cirro’s social media communities on Facebook and Twitter.
Do you find yourself making a huge New Year’s resolution every January, only to give up on it after a few weeks? Not following through with New Year’s resolutions, whether they have to do with fitness or developing healthy eating habits, is a common occurrence, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some tips to help you stick to your guns and be successful in keeping your New Year’s resolution this time around.
- Have a plan. Whether your resolution is simple or intricate, having a plan of action in place will help you stay on track and give you a greater shot and successfully carrying out your resolution.
- Tackle one resolution at a time. Having more than one New Year’s resolution can be a recipe for disaster if you overwhelm yourself trying to accomplish them all at once. That’s why, for a maximum chance of success, the best thing to do is tackle one resolution at a time. It will allow you to focus on one thing and it will enable you to completely achieve a goal before moving on to a next one.
- Stay in good spirits. A great attitude and a great mood can each be essential to keeping resolutions. So load up on your favorite comedies, surround yourself with positivity, and you will have a better chance of achieving your objectives.
- Break up large resolutions into smaller, more manageable goals. If you have a larger resolution to get through, break it up into smaller goals so that you can slowly but surely achieve success. For example, if your goal is to work on your fitness goals, rather than saying that you will become a triathlete by the end of the year, start out by deciding on days that you will work out at the gym, and slowly add goals from there.
- Create a list of reasons why your resolution is important to you. When you find yourself discouraged or on the verge of giving up, having a list of reasons why your resolution is important to you can be a great way to bring yourself back into the game.
- Don’t have a “plan B”. Having a backup plan makes it too easy to give up on your original plan. Don’t give yourself an easy way out. Make an actual plan — just one — and stick to it.
If one of your resolutions is to save money, Cirro Energy can help you save on your electricity plan. Visit Cirro Energy’s website for more information on low-cost energy plans, and join Cirro’s social media communities on Facebook and Twitter.
If you’re like many homeowners, the joy that holiday decor brings during the season slowly fades away when it comes time to take it down. However, rushing through the process of putting the lights and decorations away can lead to a costly and possibly dangerous mess.
The key to storing your holiday decor is being careful, patient and aware. Here are some safety tips to ensure your family can enjoy cherished decor for years to come.
- Be nice to your ornaments. When taking down ornaments from your beautiful Christmas tree, it’s important to be as gentle with the process of taking them down as you were when you first put them up. To store ornaments, wrap them in tissue or bubble wrap, and place them in a storage bin with cardboard separators. An ornament storage chest is a great buy for those who have lots of delicate ornaments they use year after year.
- Keep the lights strung. It’s tempting to simply take holiday lights down, bunch them up and stick them in a box somewhere until next year. Resist the temptation! Improper storage of the lights can cause damage to the wiring, which can be dangerous when you hang up the lights again next year. Be sure to string the lights to avoid tangling, and store them carefully in a storage container by themselves to avoid other things breaking the bulbs.
- Tag team the tree. When it comes time to put away holiday decor and take the tree to the curb, many hands make lighter (and safer) work. Sweeping up the stray needles goes by in a flash with two people, too!
- Label and store until next year. There’s little doubt you’ll likely end up with many boxes once you’ve put up all the holiday decor. Be sure to label each box, carefully and clearly identifying fragile items. Store your decor in a safe, cool place, away from heavy foot traffic.
Storing your holiday decor safely will ensure that decorating your home for the holiday season is joyous year after year. For additional holiday safety and energy saving tips visit the Cirro Energy blog, and find out how you can save on your electricity bill check out Cirro Energy’s low fixed-priced plans. You can also follow Cirro Energy on Facebook and Twitter.