Get Fit For…Winter?
Setting fitness goals and being motivated to get in shape for the spring and summer months is a no-brainer, right? It happens every year – the snow finally starts to melt and that’s when you realize that you’ve been slacking on your routine, making too many late night visits to Ronald and the Colonel, and now you’re up 15 lbs and back to the same starting point you face every spring. Who doesn’t want to be bikini/shorts/tank top ready when the nice weather comes around again after a long cold winter?
It doesn’t have to be that way! Imagine yourself in April of next year, on that first random day that hits 20 degrees, and instead of having to scramble to shed the extra pounds you’ve packed on since the fall, what if you were ready for it? (If you’re Canadian, you know what I’m talking about – 20 degrees in April might as well be 35 because you know the patios will be rammed and at least a handful of people will break out the shorts and sandals!) Well, the time to plan and prepare for next spring is NOW! Winter shouldn’t signify that it’s time to take a break from fitness, it should be just the opposite. Here’s why:
Reaching your fitness goals is infinitely more challenging than maintaining them. Once you’re at or near your desired body weight, you can be a lot more flexible with diet and exercise – if you stray for a few days, all it takes is a few good days of consistency to get back on track. Much easier than falling off the wagon for five months and then having to having to be super strict for three months straight to feel good again!
Even those of us who love snow and winter sports have to admit that there are down sides to it – it can be unpleasantly freezing and it gets so dark out, SO early! What better way to spend those cold, dark evenings than being active and making the most of your time? Summer comes with a constant onslaught of activities and invites, but most of us tend to “hibernate” more during the colder months. This is a great opportunity to focus on health and fitness without missing out on a packed social calendar.
Seasonal Affective Disorder is a common feeling of depression that is experienced by many due to lack of light, warmth and most of all lack of ACTIVITY in the winter months. Regular or even increased exercise during the colder months is a great step in elevating mood and is much cheaper than a beach vacation!
THERE’S NO BETTER TIME TO PLAN FOR NEXT SUMMER THAN NOW. STAY ACTIVE AND STAY FIT ALL WINTER, SO THAT WHEN BATHING SUIT SEASON COMES AROUND AGAIN, YOU’LL BE THE ONE WELCOMING IT INSTEAD OF DREADING IT!