The holidays are a time to start packing on the pounds for many people. They tend to head indoors, wind down the outdoor pursuits and engage in more sedentary activities like shopping, preparing holiday meals, and indoor social events. Holiday traditions are centered around high calorie foods and less movement.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Think of livening up the old holiday routine by adding an outdoor walk, such as through a snow-dusted park or neighborhood holiday lights before congregating indoors for libations?
Winter does not have to be a time of hibernation and packing on weight. Buying a sturdy pair of shoes that will give good traction on snow and dressing for the weather allows you to stay active and get plenty of fresh air year-round.
Don’t let the darkness stop you, make a pact with a buddy- challenge yourselves to get out there on a regular basis, even if you need to get reflective gear and lights.
If you have time to text, watch TV, or surf, you have time to work out. Even if you don’t like the cold, it can be as simple as getting a used stationary bike from a thrift store and setting it up in your living room.
If you get a good workout in, you might be less interested in stuffing your face with unhealthy food. Think about how good you feel after a walk, warm muscles stretched and worked, lungs full of clean fresh air, and what you noticed in the scenery outside. Doesn’t that sound more appealing than cookies and eggnog?
Doing this every day throughout the holidays could be just enough to push you over the edge of those sedentary habits and poor holiday self-control to arrive in the new year already firmly committed to a more active lifestyle. You don’t have to wait until January to get started.