With winter in full swing and the temperatures dropping, it can become challenging to stay focused and motivated to keep up with a fitness routine and eating healthy, especially after the holidays. But don’t let the frigid air outside or the extra holiday goodies that might still be lying around stop you from achieving your health and fitness goals. Check out these five great tips to help your mind, body and soul stay healthy and fit through winter.
- Set Goals, Not Resolutions: Every New Year most people make resolutions, and every year two of the top things on the majority of people’s lists are weight loss and getting healthy. But I urge you all to tackle this year a bit differently, and instead, set a few desired and attainable goals. Look at where you’re at now and where you want to see yourself in 12 months and come up with a plan of how you’re going to get there. This could be health, fitness, career or even personal life. Jot down some ideas, do a little research and start taking baby steps to reach that goal. This is a much healthier way for your mind to approach something you really want, which will help eliminate any added stress, which can be incredibly taxing on your overall health and well-being.
- Get Outside: I know depending on where you live the outdoors may be covered in a blanket of glistening snow during the winter months, but don’t let that stop you from getting outside. There are so many outdoor activities you can do during the winter to keep your body moving, active and fit. Snowshoeing, ice skating, skiing (downhill or cross-country) or even just going for a blustery walk or jog are all great ways to get outside and keep up with a fitness routine. I promise that the winter scenes are breathtaking, and with the appropriate gear on, you’ll actually work up a sweat. Remember, it’s only cold if you’re standing still! 😉
- Meal Plan: I’m sure you’ve read about it or seen it on social media, but meal planning is really key to help keep your diet on track. At the beginning of each week, jot down which meals you want to make for the week and a grocery list of ingredients you’ll need. This not helps eliminate buying extra “junk” at the grocery store, but it’ll also get you on a great schedule of cooking healthy dishes for you and your family. One of the best parts of whipping up a big meal is the leftovers. Aim for cooking three to four healthy meals a week with the other nights being leftovers.
- Take a Group Fitness Class: Hot yoga, spinning, cardio kickboxing, weight training… these are all really great ways to stay fit, and what better way to do it than with a group of like-minded people?! If you’re not up for getting outside, find a local gym or studio that offers fitness classes. The energy and motivation from the group around you will pump you up and you’ll be sure to work up a sweat!
- Reward Yourself: Maybe you braved the cold snowy weather and went for a hike or took your first stab at cooking a new healthy meal for the family. Whatever is, reward yourself when you try something new or do something positive. This reinforces the changes you might be making in your life or the goals you’ve set yourself, which will not only help you to continue staying on track through the winter, but all year-long!