Winter Blues are real! And they’re preventing me from ever losing those 2 (ok, 7) pounds I’ve gained during the holiday festivities. There was so much planning, food, and fun that it’s genuinely no wonder we fall so behind regarding our health and fitness status. It’s common considering the many speculations we have encompassing our minds.
Once the holidays are over, we tend to fall in a state of…well, anxiety. I don’t blame you considering all the mania that flows over you suddenly. Staying indoors cuddled up next to a fireplace sounds a lot more comforting than hitting the gym or going for a jog. As that demotivation slowly consumes us, our immunity weakens, leading to illness, laziness, and even depression. This is why we tend to eat high carb foods in winter. The sugar raises serotonin levels in the brain, making us feel happier, therefore causing us to eat more throughout the day.
But I know how tough it is to get out of that funk. The path back to health-or staying healthy- is a bumpy, dark road. But simple steps can be taken to prevent you from falling behind and catching up on your health.
Freeze! Slowly back away from the cake!
Let’s start with that carb craving that seems to have no end. There’s no harm in indulging during the winter season, but distinguishing what your diet should consist of to boost your immune system is an excellent place to start. While food is a crucial part, nutritionist Sally Wisbey says that “staying positive, exercising and getting a good night’s sleep are also important.” Incorporating a fulfilling breakfast such as porridge or oats topped with winter fruits is a great way to stay energized and satiated throughout the day. Sources of Vitamin C, Zinc, and Omega 3 contribute to helping prevent bugs that cause viruses and assist in strengthening immunity.
It’s not easy avoiding sugary snacks, but finding healthier alternatives is a great way to stay healthy and not affect your weight.
I (don’t) like to move it, move it…
Now, finding the motivation to exercise is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. It’s almost impossible to get a workout in during the cold, but nonetheless, essential for a fit figure. No matter the weather, getting outside for a quick workout allows you to reconnect with nature and does wonders for your mood.
Let’s get Fit(ted)!
Once you acquire the right information, it gets easier to get out there and consolidate a workout. When you know which workout clothes to invest in to keep you warm and your skin protected, you’re halfway there. If you live in a snowy area, then you need to keep traction in mind. Personal trainer Eric Ridings says staying “on plowed or salted surfaces” to lessen the risk of injuries. There’s also the option of heading to an indoor gym. Everyday Health has twelve incredibly helpful tips to help you get warmed up!
Time to get LIIT…at home!
If working outdoors isn’t your jam, then contemplate working out indoors. Clear out some space and head to YouTube, because your options are endless.
No, really, it’s incredible just how many channels are targeted for home workouts. Some of my favorites are FitnessBlender and The Body Project. You can take your pick, so whether you want something uncomplicated and light or a little more brutal and out of breath, it’s your pick! Some wonders come when working out in the comfort of your own home, so if this is what works better, then go for it!
Finally, if you feel like no matter what you do, there’s no hope, then partner up with a friend. When there’s two of you pushing each other to get sh*t done, then everything becomes more fun and a lot more challenging. You can set up a workout schedule, leave yourself motivating notes everywhere, write down tips that would make the process more comfortable, and of course, keep reminding yourself not to give up.
It sounds like a ton of work. That’s because it truly is. Staying healthy during the winter takes a ton of willpower and loads of patience, but with the proper knowledge, it’ll become more straightforward, and it won’t seem like such a chore.