Today is the first day of winter and although it’s tempting to take up permanent residence on the couch, in front of the fire, with some hot chocolate…….NO!!! I have to remind myself daily that in order to avoid the winter weight gain, I need to stay focused and stick to a sensible workout and diet program. Summer bodies are made in the winter, right?
Here are some tips to help keep me on track!
Remember: Summer bodies are made in the winter!
1. Move. Every single day! –> With my recent injury, my workouts are not as intense as I would like them to be, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to give up. I can still work legs and do non impact cardio. My favorite machine (to hate!) is the stepmill, so I try and hit that for 20-30 minutes everyday. On top of this, my dog needs a daily walk, so I bundle up and hit the trail with her. Not only is this added movement, but a daily nature walk is great for stress relief as well.
Although it is cold out, it is so important to get outside everyday for some fresh air. Don’t let the cold keep you inside, especially since outdoor workouts tend to burn more calories. The cold causes your body to regulate your temperature better meaning you can exercise for longer and burn more calories. You’ll also get sick less often. Some studies have found that regular outside exercise in the cold helps reduce the risk of flu by 20 to 30 percent. Through low-temperature training, the body adapts to the cold and, with time, strengthens the immune system against it. So bundle up (not too much!), and get out there and move your body!
2. Strength train! –>I can still do light weight training on my left side, so 2 times I week I go through a circuit of back, shoulders, and arms. While I feel like the light weight isn’t doing much to build muscle, it is better than nothing! Muscle mass burns more calories at rest than fat, so don’t skip out on the weights.
Here is a quick video of me doing a single arm dumbbell snatch:
3. Healthy eating–> My daily struggle. Again, focus on green leafy veggies and lean protein. Go light on the delicious carbs and drink water like it’s your job. I found a new drink called EcoDrink Naturals. It not only tastes great, but it gives me a much needed Vitamin D boost. Since about 80 to 90 percent of your vitamin D comes from the sun, it is easy to become vitamin D deficient during the winter. Why Vitamin D? It helps to keep your bones and immune system strong. The EcoDrink Naturals is a healthy and convenient way to get your recommended daily dose of essential vitamins and minerals. It is packed with electrolytes and antioxidants that keep me hydrated throughout the day. EcoDrink Naturals tastes great too and even my boys love it! I love how it comes in small packs that are easy to mix into your water bottle. Check it out and let me know what you think, it’s a great alternative to water and doesn’t have any artificial sweeteners since it is made with stevia, not sucralose. You can buy it here.
Another option I love for a sunlight replacement is a sun lamp. I’ve had this one for years and on the dark, gloomy winter days it really helps!
4. Stay focused and be consistent! –> Write it on your calendar, make a reminder in your phone, or buddy up with a friend for accountability. Whatever it takes to keep you on track, DO THAT! I cannot stress enough gang, summer bodies are made in the winter! Stay on track over the next few months and it will pay off come spring. (which is 97 days from today! We can do this!).
Thanks for reading!
Disclosure: I received samples and compensation for this post but all opinions and tips are my own.