5 Strategies For Beating the Winter Blues and Keeping Your Fitness Goals

By Adi Golani, Trainer

It's not a secret.  Winter is here and the transition from fall to winter is never easy. We still crave for those warm summer nights and with temperatures dropping down and the days getting shorter, it doesn't get easier. Even the best of us don't always feel like eating well or hitting the gym.  Although many see the cold weather as an excuse to cover up in bulky clothing and hibernate until spring, working out can actually help clear your winter blues and chances are, you'll be in tip top shape once the weather warms up.

Here are some simple strategies to get you through the winter months:

1. Embrace the cold weather and try a winter sport

Whether you like it or not, winter is here and it brings with it plenty of fun activities. Try a sport like snowshoeing, ice skating, snowboarding, even sledding. Remember any way to stay active is a good way!

2. Find a workout partner

A workout buddy is one of the best ways to increase accountability. It is much harder to skip a training session when you're part of a workout group.  Plus, a little friendly competition never hurts! ????

3. Set a goal

With a goal to work toward, you'll be less likely to slack off. When setting goals, choose realistic goals rather than aiming too high that you wind up with a defeated attitude.

4. Meal prep

We tend to turn to comfort food during the colder season. A healthy diet will boost your mood, give you more energy and stop you from putting on weight over winter. Balance your craving for carbohydrates, such as pasta, with fresh fruit and veggies.  Prep is always a major key. Having healthy meals handy will help reduce the chance you turn to less healthy food.

5. Clothing

Avoid wearing baggy clothes as they will not tell the truth if you're eating too many desserts ???? Keep in mind that you won't be able to wear sweats forever!!

These are only a few strategies to help you stay fit during the winter season.  The key is commitment and continuity.  Don't get lazy.  Be active and don't slack off.  Do not let the cold weather stop you from achieving your goals and getting to the next level.

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