With bikini season effectively over, and cold weather making everyone want to huddle up inside, it can be very easy to get lazy with your fitness and health routines. Not to mention comfort food and holiday feasts are staples of the season. But those who want to keep fit during the colder months shouldn’t be deterred from keeping up their fitness routines. Here’s a guide for staying fit and healthy this winter:
Switch up your workouts
With the changing weather bringing cold, snow and ice your way, your fitness routine might not be able to continue exactly as is. But there are still ways to get in a good workout. If you’re an avid runner or biker and you aren’t able to do it outside, join a gym for an indoor workout. Other great indoor workouts that are fun and effective are group classes. Try mat classes like Pilates or yoga or get your cardio in at a spin, Zumba or dance class where the teacher and other attendees will help motivate you.
You may also find that switching your workouts from evening to morning will help keep you more motivated. When the days start getting shorter and it gets dark earlier, it can be hard to make yourself stay active into the evening. Make sure you’re looking at your change in routine as a good thing – switching things up is a great way to break out of a rut and get excited about working out again.
Adjust your goals
People spend a lot of time focusing on getting their “bikini body” ready for the summer, but that won’t be great motivation when you start piling on clothes and outerwear. To keep yourself active throughout the winter, change your goals to something a little more appropriate for the season. Goals are different for everyone, but if you need something more specific than simply trying to stay fit, consider signing up for a winter or spring marathon or dash that you’ll need to train for. Having a clear end-goal in mind can be powerful motivation for staying active.
Avoid winter blues
During what’s supposed to be a joyous time of year, many people can start to feel a little glum or even depressed, which can lead to binge-eating and a lack of motivation. If you start feeling blue about the change of seasons, keep up your fitness routine to stave off the sadness. Working out releases endorphins, which will keep you feeling more energized and improve negative emotions. Also, try to soak up as much sun as you can.
Be smart about holiday eating
It’s just a fact of life that the holiday season comes with overeating a lot of not-so-healthy foods. While you shouldn’t completely cut yourself off from enjoying treats during the season, you can avoid eating too much of them. When you go to a party or buffet, try to focus more on the company and conversation than the food. Stand or sit further away from where the treats are set up, and limit yourself to just two dishes on your plate each time you go to the buffet. Follow that rule at the dinner table as well, so you choose only the foods you like and don’t overeat in one sitting.