Two River Times March 2015 - Health & Wellness Columnist

Twenty days until Spring means little when you’re shoveling snow and defrosting ice from the windshield. Embrace winter with three things this season that will make your heart sing right here in the Two River area.

Can’t take time out for a downhill ski adventure this year? Consider burning more calories in a shorter time frame by ditching downhill for cross country skiing with friends. Your knees will thank you. If you close your eyes and catch the sunset by the bonfire in the late afternoon, you’ll swear you’re in Utah after a power hour on the groomed trails in our very own Thompson Park. Not only will you find a sweet little ski hut chock full of rental equipment, but you’ll also be greeted by outdoor enthusiasts with a cup of hot chocolate, an instructional video and encouragement to come back soon. Consider it done! If you’re a purist, the caloric burn for a 150 lb nordic skier is approximately 775 calories per hour, depending on how fast your feet fly. As I shared with our Chinese foreign exchange student that courageously clicked into his first cross country ski adventure with me this month, slow and steady wins the race. It’s not about the pace. It’s about celebrating the place of beauty you’re traveling through while grabbing your vitamin “N” for nature. Consider it a Zen highlight of the season!

If snow has become an unappealing four letter word in your world, consider what the indoor is serving up in our area. Serendipitously, I stumbled upon a young string violin talent competition last Sunday on Broad Street in Red Bank. The United Methodist Church was hosting an afternoon of magnificent musical talent for 13 to 15 year olds that had already made their way to the professional stage.  If that’s not enough inspiration to melt the snow away on a winter day, I don’t know what is! The warmth of their music took the chill out of the day as they bowed their way through another round of applause for their talent. Encouragingly, a local conservatory teacher shared that some of her best students start lessons after age 60  when time supports their focused and consistent practice. Time to update your bucket list? Clearly, it’s never too late to learn new things or string a violin! Learn more at www.stringschoolnj.com

If you’re a ladyleader or a great guy that gets down to boogie, consider ongoing programming at The Red Bank Woman’s Club. You can grab a jazzy, steamy night of music the last Friday of every month in a warm, inviting venue or power up your networking with purposeful programming every February at Power Panelist Events. Either way, you’re singing your way through the dark days of winter embracing new friends or honing your skills to make music melt the snow all season long.

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DonnaLyn Giegerich MBA CIC RYT is an integrated business/wellness spokesleader that keynotes, consults and coaches on enlightened leadership themes in the corporate, wellness and convention space. Learn more at donnalyn.org/workshops or on Facebook & Twitter @DonnaLynSpeaks Locally, she's an insurance planning entrepreneur, leadership trainer and adjunct professor of economics and business.