During the summer months, it’s easier to go out and take a walk, job, or hit the exercise routine daily.
But winter weather can strip away motivation to stay healthy!
While you’ll begin to find yourself cozying up more in your blankets and drinking cups of hot chocolate, here are a few tips on how to keep a healthy regimen going even in the winter.
Don’t Drink Your Calories
Try to stay away from the sugary hot drinks this water. Every time you feel compelled to down some hot chocolate or a cappuccino, opt for a cup of warm tea are apple cider. You’ll be cutting calories, gaining antioxidants (especially when drinking tea), and warming your insides all at once
Opt For Soup
When you want a quick, hot meal, chose a brothy soup versus slices of pizza or an order of fries. Soups are full of veggies, and sometimes pasta and meat that are in just the right portions. It’s a filling meal between lunch and dinner that won’t leave you feeling bogged down but will leave you satisfied.
There will be holiday cookies and candy galore as the holiday season presses on. But remember, these are treats. When you’re at an office party or event that has a buffet of treats, indulge in selections like popcorn and fruit mix, with a single cookie or slice of pie on the side. Don’t make a meal of cookies, cake, and pie. If you’re wanting to taste test, grab a one of each but share with your table or another friend at the event. That way, you’re not consuming it all on your own, but still getting to sample everything.
Don’t Go Hungry
There are going to be massive amounts of events and office parties centered around the holidays and holiday food. To avoid the sugar indulging, eat a small meal before. This is wear the soup tip may come in handy. And if the event is only offering refreshments (aka cookies and chips), then eat a complete meal but save room for dessert. That way you won’t feast on them, but won’t be the stiff who doesn’t partake in the free food.
Change Your Workout Schedule
Many people workout during the early morning or late night, but during the winter, those are the coldest times of the day. And unless you’re dedicated to your regimen, most people begin to slip on their workout routine due to the weather. So change the time you workout if your schedule allows. Maybe go in the afternoon or early evening instead of the super late/ super early hours. And if you can’t get to the gym, this is the time to dust off the workout tapes or finally try the Insanity workout you’ve been wanting to do.
Place likes the zoo normally do Christmas light spectaculars, so take your children or grab some friends to go indulge in the lights. Going to an outdoor skating rink weekly will keep you active and you’ll still have some holiday fun. If you live in a small community, many local parks have holiday scenes that are walking tours, so explore those too as a way to be out and get fresh air in the winter.