Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Avoid Cold-Weather Weight Gain

The winter months can feel long, and the cold, wet weather makes sitting on your couch next to the fire far more appealing than heading outside. These are also the months when it’s easier to hit the snooze button and burrow under the covers rather than getting up and getting moving. Unfortunately, it’s far too easy to let yourself get caught up in the doldrums of the weather and missing out on some of the great activities that these seasons have to offer.

There are a lot of ways to stay on track with your fitness over the long months leading up to the spring and summer, but more often than not many of us use it as an excuse to hibernate from our health and wellness.  As a result of this, the appearance of nice weather often brings with it the added stress of getting ‘back’ in shape.  Instead of letting all of your hard work fall by the wayside, why not find ways to stay fit?

Looks like he missed the memo.
This year, instead of heading indoors, why not change up your routine and try something new? There are lots of great outdoor activities that can be done on your own or, better yet, shared with the entire family.  Head down to your local arena or outdoor rink for an afternoon of family fun, or check out one the local mountains and try something that only this season has to offer, like cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. 

Instead of hibernating and creating more work for when the days get longer, explore some of the fun ways to get outside that aren’t available other times of the year.   You never know – you might find a whole new passion that you’ve been missing out on all this time!

~ Sasha

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