10 Winter Health & Fitness Tips –
It’s so much easier to stay fit during the warmer months. There are so many more fun activities to do outside that keep us moving. Once the winter weather hits, it nearly stalls all activity and what I like to call the ‘adjustment period’ comes. For example, if you prefer to run outdoors – once the cold air settles in for a few blistering months, running takes a bit more effort and can seem more like a chore – taking all of the fun out of it. Add in the holidays and all of the calorie bombs that tempt us at nearly every turn, and you have a recipe for going way off your fitness track.
Here is a list of 10 easy tips to help maintain your fitness and healthy eating during the winter:
- Mix up your cardio routine: The winter time can make it tough to continue outdoor cardio fitness routines such as running. If you want to avoid having to use the good ol’ ‘hamster wheel’ (the treadmill). Switching things up can help curb the boredom. So, if the winter weather is cramping your style, mix in some indoor activities such as cardio kickboxing, agility training, or a quality HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout routine.
- Keep to your schedule: This one will be a bit tough especially if you have to travel. However, setting aside 30-60 mins just for yourself whether it’s in the morning before anyone else gets up or at night after a day full of activity, will help keep you on track and give you some much needed you time throughout the busy holidays.
- Plan out a variety of workouts: With the fall/winter seasons comes holidays, which can completely preoccupy our minds. Plan a few solid go to routines with and without weights or machines. This will help keep you stress free and ensures you get the most out of every workout.
- Pack a Condensed Gym Bag: If you’re planning to travel for the holidays, be sure to still pack a few gym friendly items. Though some hotel gyms aren’t very well-equipped, you can still get a great workout. Make use of the treadmill (if they don’t have one, use the stairs and run up and down a few flights to get the blood pumping!), crank out a few sets of push ups, jumping jacks, crunches, etc. If they place you’re staying at doesn’t have a gym, again, body weight routines are easy to get in as long as you have a little space.
- Eat slowly, enjoy your meals: This kind of sounds silly, but it’s true. When sitting down to a holiday meal, remember to eat slowly. Eating too quickly doesn’t give our brain enough time to signal our stomach that we are full. Which unfortunately allows us to eat more than we should, even reaching for seconds before we realize it.
- Keep hydrated: It’s easy to reach for hot cocoa and chai tea lattes during the cold months, but keeping hydrated is extremely important to your health and fitness all year long.
- Protect your immune system: Cold weather months bring about cold and flu season. Protect your immune system by including a multi-vitamin and immune support supplements and practice healthy hygiene and hand washing habits to avoid cold germs from slowing you down.
- Add some stretching or yoga routines: The cold air can do more than make you feel chilly, it can make muscles and joints feel stiff and much less flexible. Be sure to add in some quality stretching and/or yoga everyday to help keep you moving without the ache.
- Eat plenty of fruits and veggies: Loaded with vitamins and minerals and low in calories, fruits and veggies are vital to fitness and health. It may be tough, but experts recommend at least 5 to 9 servings a day, so get creative. Smoothies are a delicious and easy way to get both in your diet daily!
- Don’t be afraid to indulge: The key to indulging in your favorite treats, is moderation. It’s hard to say no all the time! It’s perfectly okay to eat a few cookies or a delicious slice of pie, just don’t go overboard. One regular serving cannot undo all of the hard work you’ve put in. If you find yourself reaching for a second helping, think about saving it for later so you can really enjoy it, guilt free!
Use these tips as a general guideline to help keep you on track for all of your health and fitness goals all season long!