Between the extreme cold and holiday feasting of wintertime, it seems almost impossible to stay fit. In the past, you may have over indulged in all of these festivities that have kept you from working out… but not this year!! With the cold winter approaching, we have come up with some tips for you to stay fit during winter seasons to come.
1. Find a Workout Buddy: This is one that will help you not just during the winter, but all year round. Whether you’re rolling out of bed at 5AM to get your workout in before work or dragging at 5:30pm after work, you’re less likely to skip out on your workout when you’ve got a friend that’s counting on you to show up.
2. Portion Size: This is probably one of the most important tips especially on major feasting holidays such as Thanksgiving. It’s okay to stray from your healthy diet once in a while, but remain modest by taking smaller portions this time. You’ll feel better, knowing that you didn’t overeat. To help yourself with portion sizing, take small plate instead of a big one to trick your mind into thinking you really to have a full plate. This will help you eat less, since you won’t have enough room on your plate to force everything on it.
3. Dress in Layers: They don’t call it winter weight for nothing. The reason why we tend to eat more during the winters is because our bodies need to process enough food to produce enough warmth within our bodies. If your habits are to walk around the house in shorts, t-shirts, and sock-less, then now is the time to start wearing sweaters, sweat pants, and invest in a pair of slippers. You’ll realize that you’re less likely to snack.
4. Drink Hot Beverages: This goes hand in hand with our last tip but should not be overlooked. During the summertime you may drink cold water, but during the winter you should switch over to hot beverages such as tea. If you don’t like tea, then just warm up a pot of warm water. This will also prolong your body into thinking you’re full.
5. Engage in a winter sport: Just because it’s freezing outside doesn’t mean you can’t work out in the snow! Ice Skating is a great winter pastime that you can engage in with friends and family. If you’re looking for something a little more rigorous, then try skiing or snowboarding. That will give your booty and legs the workout you’re looking for. Not to mention, it’s easily a sport that you can do all day!
6. Invest in a Yoga Mat: Sometimes, there will be days where you just don’t feel like leaving the warm house, or worse… you’re closed in by snow. This is when a yoga mat comes in handy. Do some at home workouts in front of your fireplace or while watching TV. There should be no excuse for you to not get a workout in even when its below freezing outside! :)