As a guy from Cali, I get asked a lot about how I’ve been able to deal with the cold weather in New England over the years. And let’s not forget now, I’m a Jayhawk and was out in Kansas for 3 years, now that’s cold.
So actually, between there and Boston, I’ve really gotten used to it and don’t mind it. Of course most of my time is dedicated to playin' ball and the team, but when I do get to spend time with my family, there’s lots of fun things to do that I would never be able to do back in California – not where I grew up anyway.
This winter I had a few snowball fights and went sledding a bit with my daughter (I did all the pushing of course), and she loved it, laughin' and screamin' the whole time. That was fun. I also taught her how to roller skate, so next year we’ll be ready to get her out on ice skates.
Who knows, perhaps we’ll even get out there on the ice at the Garden. Maybe some of my guys on the B’s can hook it up for me … One thing’s for sure, my family does love winter sports. My daughter grew up here and loves the snow, especially the first snow of the year. (She certainly got enough of it this year, that’s for sure!) And though my day job prevents me from getting on skis or a snowboard, I’m definitely gonna try that down the road.
Always up for activities I can do with my family, particularly outdoor activities that are fun AND a good workout. By now, I’m sure you’ve heard me mention how staying active and in good shape has made a huge difference in my career, and now with my Truth on Health program, I’ve made it my mission to pass that on to kids. So, I know it’s harder when it’s cold outside, but there are definitely a bunch of outdoor winter activities that kids can do to keep that heart rate up, and if they’re like me or my daughter, they’ll have so much fun they won’t even know they’re exercising.
A lot of people in Boston say spring is their favorite season and I think I have to agree with that. Of course the playoffs may have something to do with that, but there are other reasons too …
With the weather turning nice, everything comes to life and everyone celebrates the season in their own way. I love to go to restaurants with family and friends – sit outside and be in the sun. It’s also the time for me to fire up the grill – one of my favorite things to do when it gets warm. My daughter loves to go to the swan boats every spring, and I’m definitely taking her there again this year. Boston has so many great parks and cool things for kids to do in the warm weather, so we always look forward to it.
Spring is also a great time to get outside of your house and exercise – especially after everyone was cooped up inside during this long winter we had. Enjoy the fresh air and keep your body healthy too. I’ve also said here on my blog and in general – moving around and staying active is one of the best ways to feel happy. Take advantage of the warmer weather and the sunshine to do fun things that keep you active and that way you don’t have to feel like you’re just workin' out, just having fun. Play hoops (obviously!), softball & t-ball, throw a Frisbee, ride your bike, get on some skates, whatever you like. Just get out!
And don’t forget, spring is a good time for sports here in Boston. Sox are startin' up and Patriot’s Day and the marathon are around the corner. And don’t forget our playoffs. I can’t wait to get into it, but of course – we’re taking it one day at a time, and that’s how we gotta do it to get all these new guys acclimated. We also gotta heal up and I’ll tell you this, I’m really looking forward to getting our guys back off the shelf. Think our team is real deep and we‘ll cause teams serious trouble if everyone’s healthy.
So, though I do like my vaca and family time, I sure wouldn’t mind spending my entire spring inside the gym as long as we’re advancing in the playoffs and we bring Banner 18 home to the Garden rafters!
Now … stop readin my blog, get outside and enjoy the first few days of spring!
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About the authorPaul Pierce is the captain of the Boston Celtics. Pierce has spent his entire career with the Celtics since being drafted in 1998 out of Kansas, and led them to their 17th NBA Championship in 2008, when he was the NBA Finals MVP. More »
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