Trying to stay healthy and fit during the cold winter months can be almost impossible! When the temperature starts to drop, it becomes harder and harder to get out of our cozy bed and maintain our fitness routine.
Although I do love the Holiday season and crisp refreshing air, I am the first to admit that it can deter me from my fitness goals.
However, in the past couple of years I have tuned and tweaked my habits so the cold, dark winter months don’t stop me anymore from getting my workouts in and staying healthy.
these are the absolute best ways I have found to stay in shape (and even reach your fitness goals) in the winter!
Tips and Tricks To Stay Fit In The Winter
1. Work Out At Home
If it feels just impossible to leave your house when it’s below zero, get a workout done at home! You honestly don’t have to go to the gym or run in the freezing cold to make a workout count.
Head on over to YouTube and do any 30 minute fitness routine from the comfort of you own home.
2. Partner Up
It’s a lot harder to skip a workout if you have a partner keeping you accountable. One study showed that 95 percent of people who started a weight loss program with friends completed it.
There is a lot of power in numbers, which is why group exercises are so popular and only growing year-after-year.
Even better than someone to keep you accountable, when you workout with a partner, you’re more likely to push yourself harder. We all have a bit of a competitiveness inside us that comes out during certain activities, like a workout.
3. Find 'Warm' Workouts
When it gets particularly nippy, why not treat yourself to a hot yoga session? There’s just something so nice and relaxing about yoga, plus the heat is the perfect way to decompress after a long day.
Yoga has been shown to help relieve stress, anxiety, and depression. So, if you have dealt with the winter blues in the past, this is a great way to combat it this time around.
Yoga is another one of those things you can do from anywhere, just need a yoga mat and a phone to watch the latest flow.
4. Have A Hearty Breakfast
Oatmeal is the perfect Winter breakfast idea as it’s warm, filling, and oh-so delicious.
A good, hearty breakfast will keep you full for hours and ward off cravings or overeating later on in the day.
I know intermittent fasting has been wuite popular in the last couple of years, but studies have shown for years now that those who skip breakfast tend to have a higher BMI.
There are a lot of overnight oat recipes if you are typically rushing in the mornings. Just put them in a mason jar and grab on your way out.
5. Get as Much Vitamin D As Possible
Try to take advantage of the short days and get out in the sun as much as possible.
Studies have shown that the body is most efficient in making Vitamin D around noon, making it the perfect time to take your lunch outdoors.
Vitamin D will help fight off the winter blues as well as give you more energy to make it to your gym sessions.
You don’t need to spend an enormous amount of time, just 15 to 30 minutes is enough to get the full benefits.
6. Eat More Winter Vegetables
It’s always smart to eat fruits and vegetables that are in season. Not only will it save you money,, but the fruits and vegetables retain more vitamins and nutrients than their out-of-season counterparts.
Winter fruits and vegetables include beets, Brussel sprouts, oranges, kale, pears, potatoes, grapefruit, and winter squash.
By eating in-season, you’re not only helping maintain a smaller carbon footprint but ensuring you get a well balanced, nutritious diet year round.
7. Take Your Gym Clothes To Work
Once I get home from work, I don’t know what happens to me but it is just impossible for to leave the house.
If your house also becomes a gaping black hole that you just can’t seem to leave in the winter, make sure you pack your gym clothes to work so you can head straight for your workout.
Make an ‘appointment’ with yourself after work and make sure you don’t break it.
The biggest excuse people use for missing a workout is ‘they have no time’ or ‘have to go home to make dinner.’ Use one of these crockpot recipes so dinner is cooking at home while you work. BOOM. Two birds in one.
8. Sit Less.
It’s easy to spend the whole day hunched over a computer or watching Netflix once the temperatures start to drop.
Make sure you move around every hour or so, even if just for a two-minute stretch.
Try to also include little ‘wins’ in your day, like taking the stairs at work or walking over to your coworker (instead of sending an email). A sedentary lifestyle is one of the most unhealthy things we can do, and there are little changes we can make to combat it.
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