Woodstock: Peace, Love, and Sledding

Dislike sprawling mountain vistas, charming bed and breakfasts, red covered bridges, snow coated white churches and bustling farmer’s markets? Can’t stand the thought of your neighbor selling fresh maple syrup, indulging in a blueberry beer from a local brewery, or toasting your toes in a ski lodge? If so, you would detest Woodstock, Vermont. Named The Prettiest Small Town in America for good reason, this is where we have set up shop for the last 7 days. I’ve just snuck away to the town rec center for a quickie workout and realized that after herds of McGowans and Hollands shuffling in and out of the house this is the first time I’ve heard my own thoughts since we left London. Can’t say that’s a bad thing though. Here in Woodstock, mornings are the enticing aroma of steaming hot pancakes and coffee, while the afternoons are sledding, skating and skiing. Evenings are loud family dinners, crackling fire, wine, and movies. Several fierce hockey games broke out over the course of the week and all the kids now have a beautiful rosy color to their cheeks. It was nice to take a break from the traditional workout routine in favor of trudging through knee deep snow and taking a few runs down the slopes. We’ll start packing up today and head down to my parent’s house tomorrow for some serious down time (who am I kidding, we all know I’ll find a way to sabotage that!). I am so looking forward to seeing childhood and college friends, their little ones, and of course my youngest brother Zach who just made the varsity hockey team as a freshman(!).

I have been thinking of all of you- my lovely new friends from all over the world- and hoping you’re all enjoying this extended holiday stretch whether you’re home in London, the US, Australia, Canada, Europe, or beyond. Has anyone made any New Years Resolutions? I received an email the other day from a snowbound BBC-er desperate for a workout that could be done in her new home in NYC while her daughter was sleeping. Her resistance band was stuck somewhere between London and NYC.  I suggested she try the Naptime workout or the Hotel Room workout; both can be found on Facebook.com/buggybootcamphydepark if any of you find yourselves in a similar bind. Both workouts require no equipment and can be done in 30-45 minutes. For the rest of you itching to get together for a workout outdoors, drop me a line and I will connect you with the diehard group that is still planning to get together in my absence at 9:30a at the Serpentine Bar and Kitchen, M-Th. Here are 2 workouts for you to get started:

Cheesy pickup line workout

“Are you from Tennessee? You’re the only 10 I see!”
10 jumping jacks
10 squat jumps
10 foot fires

“Do you like raisins? Well how bout a date?”
Ask your “date” to join you:
Chest press with squat
Push-up with high 5

“Are you tired? Because you’ve been running through my mind all night!”
Walk/run/sprint interval for 5 minutes

“Do you believe in love at first sight or should I walk by again?”
Partner 1 does step outs with band past partner 2 doing stationary lunges. Switch

“Did it hurt? When you fell from heaven?”
15 burpees

“Is your name swiffer? Cause you just swept me off my feet.”
Kick touch x 10

Stretch and hydrate 🙂

Minute workout

1 minute push-ups
1minute tricep dips
1 minute stepups on bench

1 minute star jumps
1 minute foot fires
1 minute lunge with ab twist

1 minute bridge and scissor crunch
1 minute burpees
1 minute bicep curls with stepouts

1 minute hills
1 minute tricep extension with leg lift
1 minute torso twist punch with squat

1 minute superman to banana
1 minute push-up to thread the needle
1 minute snow angels

Stretch and hydrate!

There is a little quote posted on the wall here at the Woodstock Rec Center. It reads, “be kind to unkind people. There are the ones who need it most.” I know this has nothing to do with health, fitness, or babies, but I decided to share with you anyway. Finding ways to be a kinder person, especially to those who need it most (think: rude people on the bus, or those who love to tell you how to raise your kids!) is my New Years Resolution. It is now your job to help me stick to that!

Cheers to your happiest, healthiest year yet!





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