How to Maintain a Healthy and Active Lifestyle this Winter
As the days get colder, it becomes more and more tempting to snuggle up on the couch with a blanket in front of the fireplace or pop on a holiday film and reach for the nearest bag of chips instead of heading out with friends or going to the gym. It’s common to go through an increased period of inactivity in the colder months and many are discouraged from staying active by things like seasonal depression, icy roads, shorter days, and holiday responsibilities.
Making time for your health and wellbeing is important all year long, but can be the most difficult in wintertime. Here are a few helpful suggestions for staying active and avoiding a sedentary lifestyle when the cool weather hits.
Work out at home.
Creating a workout-friendly environment at home doesn’t have to be expensive. If you have the ability to splurge for high-end equipment like a Peloton, that’s great, but it’s not necessary. Using affordable accessories, such as free weights, can be just as impactful on your body as a rigorous workout at the gym. You can also sign up for free or inexpensive virtual yoga, pilates, or martial arts classes if working with an instructor helps maintain your interest. If you prefer to go solo, there are a lot of great Youtube fitness videos you can follow along to from the comfort of your home.
Link up with friends.
Hanging out with friends definitely makes staying active a lot easier. Head out on a mall excursion with your best pal and do some good old fashioned mall walking when the weather gets frigid. You can get your steps in while window shopping for holiday present ideas. If you’re willing to brave the crisp winter air, invite a friend for a stroll around the neighborhood to check out the new Calgary homes for sale, or enjoy the beauty of nature with a hot cup of coffee in hand.
Eat what you want.
An unhealthy trap many fall into around the holiday season revolves around the “d-word” – dieting. Many people plan to binge on their holiday favorites during the season, so they feel an extra pressure to diet on other days to make up for it. The reality is, extreme calorie restrictions don’t actually benefit your body in the long run. Instead, enjoy your favorite treats all season long, but in moderation. It’s not healthy to spend too much time focusing on extreme dieting or counting calories One of the best pieces of advice is to start with smaller portions, stop eating when you’re full, and don’t put too much pressure on yourself to partake in the “d-word” – your body and mind will be better off for it.
These are just a few easy tips to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle once the colder weather hits. If you find yourself needing help, remember to reach out to a trusted friend for support. Keep yourself active and have a wonderful winter season.