Fitness Corner – Don’t Let Winter Whack Your Fitness

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Yes, I get it! It’s COLD out there, and the fireplace, the TV and the hot chocolate have all got your name on them. It can be SO easy to skip the workout AND indulge in more carbs and treats than you normally would in winter. The upshot? The harsh reality is that the pounds pile on, fitness levels drop and next thing you know your jeans don’t fit and you’re feeling really down about it all!

 
OK – so let’s NOT let that happen this winter! There are a few hacks you can use to stay svelte and sexy all winter long.

No Shapeless Cardigans!

If you can’t see your shape you will not notice the changes in your body – positive or negative.  There’s also a subconscious association between baggy clothes and lounging. Color plays a large part in how you feel about yourself. Picking sweaters in red, pink, or bright blue will jolt your senses and help energize you.

Carb Cravings

There is a reason that you crave comforting carbs in winter. The lack of sunlight makes serotonin in the brain less active. Too little of this mood-lifting chemical leaves you feeling tired and hungry. Carbs can increase your serotonin levels, but ideally you could look at other ways of keeping your serotonin up. Put yourself in a good mood during winter’s dark days by instead eating low-fat, healthy carbs, such as sweet potatoes, oatmeal with a sprinkle of brown sugar, and cinnamon toast. It’s also a good idea to take advantage of the daylight when it’s there – go outside or ensure you sit near a window and that you get the light when it’s available.

It’s no secret that eating a diet high in fiber and lean protein is one of the best ways to stay slim and healthy, and it doesn’t change during winter!

Use the snow to your advantage!

You can’t use the white stuff as an excuse not to get out there! The snow increases the calorie burn of each step. Not only does the lower temperature burn more calories and the uneven terrain burns more calories too. Avoid getting injured by listening to your body: Run slower than usual and take shorter strides. The reason for this is that if you continue your normal stride length, your calves will be sore the next day. Try and avoid too many downhills, as you naturally run faster and can fall more easily in the snow.

It’s REALLY too cold to go outside?

No problem! Stay inside and exercise indoors. There really is no excuse, and you don’t need any fancy equipment! Try this easy, quick and effective home workout:

  • 15 squats
  • 15 push ups
  • 15 crunches
  • 15 seconds of high knees

And you’re done. Some gentle stretching or yoga and you can take a well-earned rest on the couch!

Now that you’re staying so svelte this winter, you can grab a few more beauty hacks in my next post when I talk through Kendall Jenner’s beauty secrets – you don’t want to miss it!

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