What you can do this winter to get in shape (and stay there!)

The winter weather can be a divisive topic around here. Some love the snow, while others become depressed at the very thought. Icy roads and freezing temperatures can be enough to keep many of us from venturing out from underneath our heated blankets. We tend to be less active because of the weather, and we eat more calories than any other time of the year. While family get-togethers are special and important, they are also occasions that we tend to over-eat. Between snuggling under our covers while binge-watching our favorite shows, and over-eating at family get-togethers, the winter can certainly lead to unintentional weight gain! Luckily, there are a few actions you can take to make sure your weight stays in check, and you can still fit in those new jeans you got for Christmas by the time the snow thaws.

Finding a gym and dedicating yourself to regularly attending classes can be a great step in the right direction! Motivating yourself may be difficult but surrounding yourself with others who are going through similar challenges can be just the push you need to get active and stay active!

Setting goals for yourself such as losing inches, running a certain distance, lifting a certain amount of weight, or simply getting to the gym a certain number of times in a week will help keep you pushing yourself. Setting and reaching fitness goals gives a certain level of pride which can be hard to beat! You’ll feel better physically and mentally, and if you keep at it, you’ll start to see changes in how you look!

Enjoy yourself at family get-togethers, but be sure to watch what you’re eating. There’s nothing wrong with having a plate-full of delicious homemade food, but there’s a sense of victory when you decide you’d rather only have one dessert instead of three. If you are unable to control yourself at these family meals, its not the end of the world. Even world-class athletes have “cheat-meals” or “cheat-days”. However, its important what you’re eating between these large family meals. Consider changing your snack-foods from Lay’s potato chips to something like grapes or an apple with peanut butter. Do this consistently and you’ll notice big changes in how you feel physically and mentally.

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