Five Tips to Stay Fit During Winter

Winter doesn’t have to be a time to stay inside or miss out on your favorite activity. Find out what you can do to stay fit during winter now!

January 04, 2017 | HF Healthy Living Team

The winter can often worsen your mood, but lying around all season can lead to more illnesses caused by a lack of exercise, sunshine, and more.

Check out some things you can do to stay fit and keep yourself motivated this winter!

Switch to Winter Activities

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Engage with your kids to take on some winter activities that count as exercise, like playing in the snow, sledding, ice skating, or even hiking. Sledding might not seem like an exercise, but walking up the hills will definitely get your heart pumping. Winter sports and activities that require you to take on different terrain will give you a greater chance of getting an intense workout.

Don’t Stop Walking or Running

If you enjoy walking or running, don’t let the winter stop you. Exercising in the cold could even help you burn more calories, because you tend to move faster to keep warm. It has been proven to boost calorie burn up to 30 percent, even if the weather is just mildly cold at around 60 degrees.

Be sure to dress for the weather by layering up and getting the right shoes so you don’t slip before starting your winter workout routine.

Change Your Outlook and Stay on Track

The winter can often bring on depression, but a change in mindset and diet can help. As much as possible, try to focus on the positive things in your life instead of the negative, and take time to reflect on some healthy routines you want to do. It can be as simple as adding a new healthy meal into your day, like a hearty turkey vegetable chili, to keep warm and fit. Also, try to avoid foods that can make you feel tired, like processed foods, saturated fats, and sugary items.

The winter often creates an easy outlet to overeat, but you can change that with the right mindset. Try writing down some short-term or long-term meal-plan goals to keep yourself on track for the cold winter days.

Start a New Indoor Routine

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When the cold weather gets to be too much, indoor exercises are always a good go-to. Exercising right from your home is a cost-effective, simple way to get moving. There are a ton of online workouts to take advantage of, like these exercises for better health and less stress. You can also keep it simple with some pushups, crunches, squats, or lunges. Keep your kids busy and healthy this winter with these simple indoor exercises as well!

Call a Friend to Join Your Workout

We all need a little motivation sometimes, and there’s no shame in that. Contact a friend or family member to go to the gym with you or to simply do some exercises together. Whether you have a buddy to go for a run with or to take a free yoga or dance class together, the motivation can be very helpful to battle the winter blues. Having a partner with you can also encourage you to try new exercises, to work out longer, and to push yourself harder than you normally would.

 

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Sources
“Cool Temperature Alters Human Fat and Metabolism,” NIH.gov. Accessed December 5, 2016.
https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/cool-temperature-alters-human-fat-metabolism

“Answers by Heart,” American Heart Association. Accessed December 6, 2016.
http://www.heart.org/idc/groups/heart-public/@wcm/@hcm/documents/downloadable/ucm_300471.pdf

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