The Lazy Winter Guide to Staying Healthy

Let’s get real here, who really wants to exercise when it’s cold outside and gets dark so early? Definitely not me. It’s hard enough for me to actually want to work out in my home during the winter, let alone make the trip to the gym. Seriously, all I want to do is watch Netflix, read books, and the best thing of all, eat yummy junk food. So, unfortunately a lot of us give in to this winter exercise flunk and start to fluff up. Fluffing up some in the winter is fine, a little extra chub does keep us warm after all. In all honesty, though, do not beat yourself up if you gain a pound or two this winter. But we should all strive to at least maintain the weight we currently are during the winter.

I have come up with the lazy winter guide to staying healthy and how we can keep our bods healthy for not only the holiday parties, but for when summer comes creeping back into our lives.

lazy_winter_guide

Lazy Tip #1

Workout at home! Even if that means just walking around your house and jogging up and down the steps for 10 minutes. Just keep yourself moving. Try to make a goal to reach at least 5,000 steps a day. If you’re up for a challenge, try to increase the goal each day to eventually reach 10,000 steps, which would be 5 miles.

Lazy Tip #2

Get a Portable Bike! I have one at work and I can chill at my desk while torching calories as I peddle away. If you want to watch TV all day, go right ahead. You can sit on the couch and watch movies all day without feeling guilty (Keep watch for a post coming soon about how to lose weight with a portable bike).

Lazy Tip #3

Munch on healthy snacks. Munching in the winter is inevitable! It’s something we all do, and it’s okay. We shouldn’t beat ourselves up for wanting to munch, especially while we watch all our favorite Christmas movies. Some of my favorite healthy snacks to munch on is:

  • Popcorn: Try to stay away from the microwavable popcorn. The best kind is to make your own in either an air popper or by putting olive oil in a pot and dumping some kernels in to coat the bottom. Just add some seasonings like salt, parmesan cheese, or the wide array of seasonings from kernel sanders. Try to stay away from butter to make this a guilt free snack.
  • Dark chocolate covered almonds
  • Edamame with some Himalayan pink salt
  • Whole Grain Pretzels with hummus or veggie dip
  • Trail Mix

Lazy Tip #4

Plan your meals. Planning out your meals requires you to only buy the things you plan on eating, so if you plan on eating healthy meals then all you will have in your house will be healthy foods. If you have no idea where to start with meal planning, I would be more than happy to help make a custom meal plan for those of you interested.

Lazy Tip #5

Know your limit! When attending holiday parties we all stuff a bunch of food in, even if we are full. Knowing when to stop is crucial in staying healthy. Having a one or two cookies, or a piece of pie is not going to hurt; it’s when you go back for seconds and thirds. Know when you’re full and be strong to have the self-control to say no.

 

We are all too hard on ourselves this time of year. It’s a relief to know that just the smallest of changes can help prevent us from packing on the pounds. I hope you all have a great holiday season and remember to enjoy yourself and not worry too much about gaining weight, just try your best to feed your body nourishing foods and to keep as active as you can.

 

name

**Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links. Original photo was from Pixaby.