I live in Los Angeles so I can't really complain most of the time. But it's raining right now and I did a whole lotta NOTHING today. I wanna know what everyone else does when they're forced to stay inside. I have weights, a step machine, a mini trampoline, a punching bag and the Xbox Kinect (with games that involve sports and dancing) so I have the resources to stay active but it's just this darn weather that makes me wanna cuddle in bed watching Disney movies. Did hunter-gatherers let bad weather stop them from hunting and gathering?
I like to listen to Foreigner. Also, I touch myself.
Go for a swim in the tar pits? Throw spears through the big donut on top of Randy's?
If you can't find something to do in LA to keep you occupied during "inclement" weather, you've got bigger issues. You basically answered your own question while asking your question. You've purchased that exercise equipment, so use it. Or join a gym. Or buy some wet-weather protections and go for a run. Or just take it easy and relax. The body needs that too. Worrying about petty shit like this isn't going to help with stress and cortisol levels.
In my opinion, being Paleo also means being malleable. You do what you can when you can based on what is presented to you. It's not hard. I've been laid up with a pretty bad back for the last six months and have hardly been able to do anything exercise related in this time. So, I try to focus my energies elsewhere - reading, learning, dialing in my diet for this specific time in my life, etc.. Use your energies for something productive. If you don't feel like exercising that day, don't. Also, if you think the weather in LA is hindering your activities, it's best that you don't move anywhere else. Stay put, because 99% of places on Earth have worse weather than SoCal. It rains quite a bit in Hawaii. It would be a shame to be stuck inside all day while in the tropics......
April! You live in one of the few towns (OK, "big cities") where, when it rains in December, it's warm. Or at least, warmer than a lot of other places in the US of A. So if you go outside and walk or run in the rain, you not be likely to shiver your timbers.
Still, LA in December is different from Fiji or Maui. LA is less warm. So get hold of some rain gear (like Gortex) which protects from rain yet allows the body to sweat, and to keep warm at the same time.
I can hear you saying, "But such gear is expensive." If that's your stance, then all I can say is: your ancestors and mine, the Paleos about whom we all seem to be obsessed, did what you did today, when they could. Namely, they stayed inside (their caves or huts) and stayed as warm as they could.
What did they probably not do? Whine. Complain about "the weather." Probably they did neither. Almost certainly they did neither. They were survivors, not "consumers" (like you and me).
OK? So buck up and close your laptop and go outside. Get moving, and move fast enough to work up a sweat. If your sweat meets cold air, consider yourself Alive.
When it snows here in NY, and it sticks, I do the obvious: free work-out involving a shovel and the snow.
I work out with dumbbells anyway, so turn on the TV to the metal music station and lift away. There's nothing quite like Slayer for burning through a bunch of sets! :)
If you're not working out that day, it's perfectly fine to have a day of rest. Read something or watch something, or cook some meals for the next few days. Or just rest.
Or if it's not too noisy outside, and it's just the sound of raid, mediate to the rain. The freshest air you'll have is when it's raining, so open a window and breathe deep while meditating.
Put on your rain boots and go puddle jumping! Get wet and make a mess - then when you get home it takes a while to clean up put on a pot of tea curl up and read a book and listen to the rain. And then when you wake up from your puddle jumping tea induced nap turn on some of your fave music and dance!
Don't ever let the weather get you down - it's not worth it. Enjoy the rain - make it fun! And never be afraid of getting wet! And this is coming from experience, I lived in the cloudiest and rainiest place on earth for 3 years (and I'm not exaggerating there was a couple who moved there with their kids who were allergic to the sun!)
I'm in Toronto, its been between -3 and + 3 Celsius so far this winter which is pretty warm for us. However I still run home from work some days in t-shirt and shorts.
If you are moving you are warm. Rain! last week I was running in the snow.
Also some days it is best to do nothing, put your feet up relax. Honestly don't beat yourself up about it I love days where I do nothing. Normally that day is my Sunday, I literally don't do shit on Sunday.
this is the dumbest post i've ever seen on this group and this group has stooped to a new low; it makes we want to leave this group.
I live in London. In most dictionaries, 'London' is a synonym of 'rain'.
Kidding about the linguistics, but it rains just about 24/7 in London. I've never stayed inside because of rain before; if it is extremely heavy, I pop on extra high heeled boots (or, try wellies, if you're more practical with your clothes) to keep my feet dry, get my man-sized umbrella (the sort you can use as a spear/vault pole) and just get out. I'm originally from Moscow, where you get a lot of ice & snow. It's worthwhile investing in shoes with good grip if ice is an issue.
Just as Aaron pointed out, I too sometimes go running in the rain - its a totally different experience - it gives you a kind of power-ballad romantic feeling - and, from a technical point of view, your workout might be more effective because heat usually makes you feel tired faster, while the rain will cool you down and keep you going longer.
If you really cannot force yourself to get out, or are faced with an apocalyptic cataclysm, or civil unrest, or anything else, you might consider the Prison workout - http://www.marksdailyapple.com/prison-workout/#axzz1gPqkPoqt. - the descending sets of burpees especially are a killer. Tried them, loved them. Total body workout.
Working out at home is a real option if you find yourself unable to go outside. Besides, if you're anything like me and staying inside makes you feel sluggish and disgusting, this will keep you energized and give you that post-exercise 'glow'.
Lots of paleo love,
P.S. If you're into warm and fuzzy jazz, I'd also recommend listening to Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong singing "It's a lovely day" while you're out braving the elements!