Winter months can be magical. Cooler temperatures mean warm sweaters, flannel sheets, and hot cocoa. However, for many of us, this might mean that physical activity takes a backseat to sampling the holiday cookie spread.
Studies indicate that the holiday season – from the last week of November to the first or second week of January – is a critical time in weight gain for the average adult. These months may account for more than 50% of the weight gained throughout the year.
To help keep you moving, these five tips for maintaining fitness in the winter will come in handy.
DON’T WAIT FOR MOTIVATION
You may be part of the lucky few that are always ready to work out. You have no trouble rising at 5am without an alarm clock, the frigid morning floor isn’t a deterrent and seeing your breath as you begin your run is no big deal. For the rest of us, pushing through the mental and physical challenges can make the difference between athletic progress or setbacks.
Just remember that starting is always the hardest part. The key is to not wait until you are ready or motivated. Do not let anything (outside of emergencies) stand in your way of starting.
Be mindful and take it moment by moment.
In the first moment, all you have to do is get up. Check.
In the next moment, put on your athletic gear. Done.
In the final moment, start your activity. And you’re off!
GET A WORKOUT PARTNER
Finding an accountability partner is an incredible tool to build your community and maintain relationships. There are a few ways to go about it. You can ask a friend with similar goals to work out together.
It’s also nice to be the one guiding a friend, if you’re a little farther along on the journey than they are.
If you don’t have anyone local, ask someone in your life to check in with you via text or phone.
TRY NEW INDOOR ACTIVITIES
If being cold is intolerable for you, we understand. There are so many fun and interesting indoor activities you can try to throughout the cooler months. Consider trying a rock climbing gym, taking a dance class, or trying out an online workout (there are loads of free options on YouTube and other online platforms).
EAT THE RIGHT FOODS FOR YOU
Choosing the right foods and supplements for you can help support you to keep moving.
For well-rounded nutrition with a kick, try Vega® Protein & Energy! This product features 3g MCT oil (C8 and C10), 20g plant-based protein and 100mg caffeine.
LET OUT YOUR INNER (WINTER) CHILD
Remember shuffling inside tracking snow, ice and a slushy brown mix in after you? The tips of your fingers a little numb, your nose bright red and sniffling as the warmth of the indoors rushes over you. Remember when playing was your workout? Why not bring that plat back?
Remember the burning of your arms as you rolled up three large snowballs to construct the body of your snow person? The full range of motion in your back as you create an army of snow angels. Hiking up the hill with the sled dragging behind you?
Fitness is even better when it is entertaining. Dust off the toboggan, break out the snow pants, find your favorite hat and have some fun!