Unless you’re the rare bread that’s able to stay on top of their health and fitness all year round, you’re probably carrying a bit of winter weight right now. There’s no need to be ashamed of it; it happens to the best of us. When it’s cold outside we lose motivation to drive to the gym, workout, drive home, and not eat those sugar cookies in the shape of Christmas tress sitting on the kitchen table. Even if you were able to force yourself to get to the gym everyday this winter, once you got home, there’s not much else to do that would keep you active. Yes, you could shovel the snow until your back broke, or maybe build snowmen with the kids until your fingers froze, but it’s nothing like going for a nice walk after dinner when it’s warm outside.
Now that it’s getting to that time of year when you need to be outside or you feel like you’re missing out, it’s time to kick it into first gear and get back into shape. If not for the bikini body or tank tops, it’s time to do it just to feel like you again.
Set a goal
It might be the last thing you want to do right now, but you’re going to have to step on the scale and check out what kind of damage control you have to perform. If you gained 5 pounds over the last few months, set a goal to lose those 5 pounds (or maybe more). When you set a goal for yourself, it’s easier to mark your progress and keep you on track. Pick a realistic goal and a realistic date for when you’d like to accomplish that goal by. Goals give you a purpose rather than just an open-ended need to workout because it’s the right thing to do.
Drink a ton of water
Water is great for you all year round, but your going to need to keep on top of your consumption especially in the warmer months. Besides from the fact that you need water to function and be able to get through rigorous workouts, water is also good for keeping you full. You should get yourself a re-usable water bottle that you can continue to fill up throughout your day, making sure to sip even when you’re not particularly thirsty.
Join a gym
It’s great to workout outside as often as you can, but if you don’t have a ton of fitness equipment, you’re pretty limited to running. While running is of course good for you, weight lifting is important too. You don’t need to life heavy weights, but toning your muscles and keeping all parts of your body active is good for your overall health. If you live in a city, gyms are extremely beneficial because of the limited amount of space you have as it is. There are gyms near Grand Central that offer classes and personal training options. Wherever you live, you can find a place that will meet your fitness needs.
Mix up your workouts
Again, unless you’re the rare breed who enjoys long runs, you’re going to have to switch up the workouts you do in order to avoid getting bored. Boring workouts are completely unproductive and honestly just a waste of time. Try taking spin classes, going swimming, playing in a sports league, yoga, or get into hiking. As long as you keep moving and get your heart rate up there, you’re burning calories!
Watch your eating habits
Diets suck, it’s a fact; and if they’re strict enough, they’re not going to be sustainable. Instead of limiting yourself, just watch your portions and keep the makeup of the food in mind. Instead of eating out 3 nights a week, only eat out on Saturday nights. Try switching dessert out for fruit, and maybe ease up on the sugary coffee drinks. Cutting back makes all the difference; you by no means need to starve!