When the cold sets in, it can be hard to keep up the motivation to stay in shape. Snuggling up under warm blankets with your favorite comfort food instead of working out can be tempting, but it can also pack on the pounds. However, with the right balance of a healthy diet and regular exercise, it is easy to keep the weight off and stay fit over the holiday season and throughout the new year. Here is your guide to make it as simple as possible.
- Set Goals- Write down several long term goals and be specific as possible. Then break those down into manageable goals that can be done weekly and then daily to ensure you succeed.
- Ditch the Excuses- Break through all of the excuses that you come up with as to why you aren’t staying in shape. Instead of thinking of all of the reasons why you can’t eat right or stay in shape, make a list of all of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle which research shows can prevent disease and increase longevity. Hang the list somewhere you will see it daily like your refrigerator and add some inspirational quotes to help keep you on the right track.
- Gym Membership- For some, paying a monthly fee to a gym encourages them to go on a regular basis so they don’t feel like they are wasting their money. If that is what it takes for you to exercise and keep your mind focused on your goals, that can be a great way to make sure you achieve them.
- Buddy System- Having a workout partner that is committed to the same or similar health goals that you are goes a long way in keeping you on track. When you have times scheduled together to exercise you will be less likely to cancel or avoid exercise.
- Exercise- According to MayoClinic.com, exercise improves mood, increases energy levels, assists better sleep, and helps fight heart disease.
Great Ways to Get Exercise in the Winter
- Mall Walking- If the gym intimidates you or you are unable to go, don’t let the winter cold or harsh condition deter you from a great exercise session. Walking around the mall is a great way to get the heart rate up and burn up to 400 calories per hour.
- Ice Skating- As an aerobic exercise, ice skating can help you lose weight, increase muscle tone, and improve your endurance.
- Skiing- At just five miles per hour, you can burn over 500 calories an hour by skiing. Skiing helps to improve balance as well as strengthen and tone muscles.
- Jumping Rope- Jumping rope is good for cardiovascular health and it helps to strengthen the upper and lower body as well as your core.
- Cleaning- Yes, even something as simple as housework can boost your heart rate for mild exercise. There are two benefits to using cleaning as a workout because you will stay in shape and have a spotless house!
- Workout Videos- If you don’t already have any videos, you can find some great free workouts online that suit your exercise needs.
So, what are you waiting for? You have all the tools you need to help keep you in shape. All that’s left to do now is to get moving!
Happy New Year! Many blessings to you and your family.