What it takes to survive the weather

By Daniel Cobb

January 15, 2014

Snow.  It’s an absolute dream as a child.  Making snow angels, having snowball fights and sledding down hills have provided most of us with some great childhood memories.  However, it becomes more of a hindrance as we get older.  Icy roads and cold temperatures make staying inside and calling in sick a viable option.

This year, a polar vortex made its way through the United States, forcing some people to stay inside their homes in order to stay safe and warm.  Unfortunately, when people get locked in one place for too long, they can get a bit stir crazy.

“If I want to just go and hang out with friends, it’s probably best if I just stay home,” Johnathan Ottinger, a sophomore at Missouri Western, said regarding the snow and ice that covered the roads this year.  “So I usually sleep in, play some video games and watch TV.”

Christina Wade, a junior at Missouri Western, knows the dangers of snow and ice due to the fact that most of the roads in Gower, where she lives, usually aren’t safe in winter.

“With the side streets, they can get really slick because they don’t get treated,” Wade said.

When Wade is snowed in, she makes sure to stay busy with a variety of activities.

“Usually I’ll play video games or read, but I also might catch up on homework which is much more likely,” Wade said.  “I try to stay active when I’m inside because a lot of times I’ll get stir crazy.”

And staying active seems to be the key when it comes to being trapped inside by hazardous roads and cold temperatures.  Thomas Delgado, a sophomore at Missouri Western, does his best to exercise and make sure he’s using his time wisely.

“Yoga balls are really fun and can provide good entertainment when you’re bored,” Delgado said.  “I remember that’s what I had to do when I was snowed in over break.  Whenever I couldn’t go out, I just looked up different yoga techniques and did yoga indoors.  It always seemed to work for me.”

Ottinger agrees that being snowed in can have its benefits.

“Well, you could do simple exercises and maybe try to eat healthy food,” Ottinger said.  “Since you’re home longer, you can actually make a salad or something.”

Wade believes that simple activities can keep you moving and invigorated despite the fact that you cannot get to your local gym or fitness center.

“When I exercise in my house, I usually run up and down my stairs; taking two at a time helps work your legs a bit more,” Wade said.  “I lift hand weights, do pushups and I also walk while I read.”

Some of us can handle being snowed in better than others, but with the weather being especially unpredictable this year, it’s wise to have a backup plan just in case.  Getting homework done and working out; whatever keeps your mind off of the weather tends to be the key to surviving it.