Many of us find winter to be a challenging time to stay on top of healthy habits. Between holiday festivities and warm, comforting food it is more important than ever to stay focused – especially with your exercise.
Though it’s colder and darker, getting outside can be a really great way to keep things fresh after feeling cooped up inside. Remember to check with your doctor first as some conditions such as asthma, heart conditions or diabetes where extremities are at risk can prohibit activity in the cold.
If you are finding it hard to adjust to the season, let’s talk about finding the motivation to get out the door. Once you are there, let’s remember to stay safe!
Be Creative – If you are bored with the same old grind at the gym try mixing up your routine with an outdoor winter sport. There are countless of snow sports if you have plenty of white stuff around – skiing, snow-shoeing and more. If you don’t have the snow, you can still hike or even head to the rink to ice skate. Or, try mall walking when the weather is bad.
Remember the Season – Be aware of the holiday season; remember you will be surrounded by excess food and alcohol. Stay conscious of how this might affect your health and well-being. Make short term exercise goals an outlet for the excess and stress of the holidays. Think about looking good and feeling good for all your events.
Think Big Picture – Remember warmer weather is just a few months away and all the heavy, bulky clothes will go back in a box. Think about what having to shed excess winter weight would do to your overall health goals – not exercising now could make the hill harder to climb when spring comes around. Focusing on your long term goal is great motivation! Read More »