5 Resources and Tips For Staying Fit Through Winter

It’s tempting to pack on the calories and curl up to hibernate– here are some tips for maintaining through the cold season.

As the needle in the thermometer drops, the storm windows go up and the sun bids us a fond adieu, we creatures tend to do what all the other creatures on the planet do: load up on the food for winter. But since we are not at the mercy of the elements in quite the same way, every year we stack our plates high with heavy holiday grub and then battle the bulge all the way to summer.

It doesn’t have to be this way! If we take steps now to ensure that we stay in motion through the cold months, we get more done, keep our mood and energy intact, and when summer hits, we feel much better about donning the bathing suit. Here are some resources and suggestions for keeping in shape during the winter.

 

  1. Keep doing the little things. First and foremost, the key is not to sink into a hole of guilt over holiday eating. Try to plan ahead for parties by eating balanced meals beforehand and drinking plenty of water each day.
  1. Book workouts. Now is a great time to go in on an introductory offer at a gym, a dance studio, or a yoga class. You can often get a Groupon or Living Social discount for a week or a month and it’s an economic way to try something new.
  1. Try the tech. Some people have great luck with wellness apps or the FitBit, to track daily exercise. There are also apps that have calorie counters so that you can know precisely what your intake is and if you have room to indulge or not.
  1. Get a workout buddy. This is the key to success for many people. When we have some support and encouragement, we generally see better results. There are running clubs and biking clubs like Strava that allow users to track their routes and cheer each other on.
  1. Indoor sports. Trying something new is not just good for the body; it gives the mind something novel to chew on. Try handball, fencing, bowling, aikido, bowling, or swimming.
  1. Reward yourself. If you experience a lot of mental resistance to exercise this time of year, set yourself up for success by incentivizing your efforts with little non-food rewards. A massage, a new book, a mani-pedi. Just a little something to give yourself that pat on the back.
  1. Keep expectations reasonable. The recommended dose of exercise isn’t extreme: 30 minutes of heart elevating a day, five days a week should do it. Take the stairs, don’t sit for long periods of time, and make sure you stretch and warm up before you exert. Don’t commit to losing 20 pounds when it’s pretty certain that won’t go as planned.

 

The goal is to simply feel good in your clothes and keep your mood intact while the days are short and temps are low. It’s really about having the self-awareness and the self-care to do that maintenance and so by reaching out to friends or online communities, you can achieve a rhythm and maintain it throughout the holidays.

 

 

 

About Susie Almaneih

Susie Almaneih spent several years during her young adulthood teaching children dance at her church group, as well as other cultural-based activities. Susie now spends as much time as she can giving back to the families in her community. Over the years, this love for community has evolved into a deeper love for delivering positive and creative content and awareness to families of all ages.

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