Winter weight gain is real and unless you are a bear or squirrel, there shouldn’t be any need for you to go into fitness hibernation in winter. Your focus on your fitness goals in winter should be as solid as any other season. Exercising in winter may seem impossible especially if you are reading this from under your duvet but if you are truly determined, you can totally avoid seasonal weight gain.
People gain weight when temperatures drop because they suddenly shift from being fairly active to becoming more sedentary. And not only that, colder temperatures present the perfect need for us to stuff our faces with winter comfort foods, or simply run Netflix marathons on the couch.
Yes, exercising in winter can be challenging but now is the best time to remind yourself over and over ‘WHY’ you are doing it. Winter is also that time when you have to dig into that inner place that is not swayed neither by weather nor excuses. When you gain weight in winter, it’s not all that easy to lose it in summer.
How to lose weight and avoid weight gain in winter
1. Work up a sweat to avoid seasonal weight gain
You have a choice to get sweating in winter by either getting up to exercise or cosying up in front of the fireplace. You could also choose to kill two birds with one stone simply by exercising right in front of the fireplace in your house if stepping out to visit your gym is such a drag.
Set a goal for yourself to exercise at least three times a week, for no less than 20 minutes, either at home or the gym.
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Motivation to exercise in winter may dwindle as temperatures drop but you should remind yourself constantly that winter is not going to last forever and your actions (or lack of) during this period, will be reflected in how your clothes fit you in a couple of weeks.
2. Try out a fitness class or join a boot camp to avoid winter weight gain
If you have never tried boot camp workouts, winter is the best time for you to join. Other than torching an insane amount of calories in a short space of time, boot camp fitness is a source of accountability and motivation. You are bound to work harder in a group fitness setting than you would if you were doing it solo.
Most boot camps offer amazing specials in winter, be sure to look up boot camps in your area and sign up.
If the intensity of a boot camp terrifies the daylights out of you, you can look into joining a fitness class at your local gym for the extra push to workout in winter.
3. Wear your activity tracker for extra motivation
One of the coolest ways to avoid winter weight gain is to find creative ways to stay active which do not necessarily involve strict workout routines. Wearing a fitness tracker will motivate you to keep moving.
You can lose weight in winter without gym by setting a winter weight loss challenge for yourself such as walking 5, 000 steps a day, or burning a set amount of calories.
Once you start reaching your daily steps or burning the calories, you will find yourself setting new and bigger challenges. Before you know it you will be pushing yourself to do 10 000 steps and ultimately losing weight or avoiding winter weight gain.
You can also track your meals and write down healthy winter foods using a meal planner. You can get creative with a health and fitness planner by doing a winter weight loss challenge.
4. Avoid gaining weight in winter by choosing your winter drinks
Sipping endless cups of creamy hot chocolate in winter definitely looks and sounds more attractive than quenching thirst with plain ol’ water. Besides, there’s something satisfying about tightly hugging a mug filled with hot cocoa and marshmallows or some other dreamy winter drinks.
But hot winter beverages are very often heavily loaded with sugar and fat and the more you consume the more calories you will be packing on. Therefore, you should cautiously proceed on this one or be the wise person and rather opt for warm winter drinks that will be kinder to your waistline.
5. Stock up on healthy snacks
Hunger pangs in winter are unavoidable. Your kitchen or snack bar should be filled with healthy snacks to help you fight winter weight gain. Snacks like popcorn, beef jerky, dried fruit, and chickpeas must be a staple in your pantry all year round and not just in winter.
These high protein snacks should be in your pantry regardless of the season of the year.
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