Snuggling in a warm toasty bed or getting up to work out? On a cold, dark winter’s day, the first choice is ALWAYS so tempting! What is it about winter that makes us throw our healthy routines out the window? Do we have some animalistic urge to binge eat and hibernate? Hopefully, that isn’t the case. Weight-loss is always a tricky journey but don’t let the seasons stop you. Take advantage of the cold weather, and you can still be healthy and enjoy the new season with these tips!
Illuminate your life; literally
When your alarm rings, it’s practically a reflex to hit the snooze button, especially if it’s dark. Dark environments would tempt you to sleep longer which could lead lethargy and eventually weight gain. You’re aiming for weight-loss here. Rather than reaching for the snooze button, shoot for the light switch to help ease yourself out of bed. Light, whether it is natural or artificial acts as a trigger to alert the body to wake up. Bonus tip: put your alarm on the opposite side of your room so you REALLY get out of bed!
Get the water rolling
As soon as you’re out of bed, put the kettle on. Hot water with lemon and green tea are two great sips to beat the cold weather and help you meet your weight-loss goals. Apart from keeping you hydrated (duh), these two hot beverages are known to stimulate digestion and increase metabolism.
Break your fast with a warm bowl of oatmeal
Ok, alright, oatmeal doesn’t sound that glamorous but think about it. Picture a nice warm bowl of ooey-gooey oatmeal mixed with whatever you fancy – fresh or dried fruits, nuts, spices, you name it. You warm up your hands against the bowl, pick up the spoon, dig in, blow off some steam and indulge in the hearty goodness. Plus, it’s really good for you! Oatmeal is chock full of fiber and protein that helps fight off cholesterol and shrink waist size. The perfect bowl to help you achieve your weight-loss goals.
Make more liquid comfort
Liquid comfort, aka soup! Soup is one of the best ways to warm up and get loaded on nutrients at the same time. There’s a whole variety out there that are well-balanced, healthy and filling for you to try. Try mixing up different vegetables, broths, meats, and spices if you like to get new flavors. As mentioned earlier fiber is great for weight-loss and veggies are loaded!
Spice things up
Not only do spices add a whole new world of flavor to your dishes, but some spices also have warming effects such as ginger, cayenne, turmeric, and cinnamon. They help boost metabolism which helps the body burn fat and lead to weight-loss. You can add spices in everything from appetizers, soups, main courses, desserts, and even drinks.
Warm up inside
Don’t get shocked by the cold wind outside. Begin your workout routine inside. A quick warm-up of some jumping jacks or dance around the place to your favorite songs is a great way to warm up your body and your mind for what’s up ahead.
It’s cold outside! Make sure you’re covered head to toe. Don’t worry, there’s loads of stylish outerwear made for winter to make the season active and fun. Also if your gym routine is after work, bring your gym bag with you. After a long day at work, in this weather, it’s so tempting to go home and bring your bag reminds you to hit the gym before you do.
Take it outdoors
If you can brave the cold, do it! Exercising in the cold weather can actually burn more calories because you’d naturally want to move faster to warm up your body. Also, the crisp air will help you breath better and those endorphins that come from a workout are bound to get you in a great mood. You’ll feel refreshed in no time!
Netflix and gym
This is kind of a cheat but instead of lying on the couch watching your favorite series why not bring it to the gym? Yes, you’re supposed to focus when you work out but sometimes a little distraction can motivate you to get there in the first place. Just be safe around the equipment and other people in the gym.
Sometimes the best motivation comes in the form of another person. Be it your sibling, best friend, co-worker, whoever, work out together! Going out for a jog in the cold weather can feel like your dragging your feet but with a buddy, it might not be so bad. It may be cold but you can be cold together and later go have a cup of tea.
There you have it! Ten ways you can still stick to your healthy lifestyle! Do you have any other tips on how to be healthy during winter? Comment them below!