We all seem to pack on a few extra pounds in the winter months. The weather is cold and all we want to do is curl up on the couch with some comfort food. Even the most active of us tend to be a little less motivated to stick to a fitness plan during the colder months. Lizzie Fuhr of FitSugar noticed this trend and pointed out four reasons why we gain weight in winter and how to avoid packing on the pounds.
First, everyone is more prone to skipping their workouts in the wintertime. When it’s cold outside, it’s far easier to change into pajamas and lounge around the house than it is to head to the gym. It seems most of us are doing just that. Fuhr suggests packing your gym bag the night before and taking it to work with you. If that still doesn’t help, try morning or lunchtime workouts instead.
If you live in a place that gets a true winter with snow and frost, it’s probable that your city or town is lacking in fresh produce. Make more of an effort to find farmers’ markets in the area and be open-minded to less-popular vegetables. If you’re really stuck in finding greens, go the frozen route.
Wearing layers, a necessary evil during winter, doesn’t help with your fitness goals. It allows you to hide your body under clothes that tend to hide your figure. Pump up the heat in your house and walk around in fitted clothes for a day to remind yourself of any areas you want to work on.
Winter comes with much longer periods of darkness, which can often trigger Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). This disorder will have you feeling pretty depressed, but a workout might be just what you need. The endorphins you release when you exercise can help perk you right up.
Do you have any tips for staying healthy and active during the winter months?
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