Don’t watch the clock. Do what it does: Keep going.
Brrrr, that cold is rough outside. And this time of year, it’s so hard to maintain healthy habits. Honestly, here’s what I’d like to do this time of year: sit inside, in my jammies, drinking lots of hot cocoa, maybe even a little wine, watching my favorite movies. I wouldn't go outside except to get the mail. Maybe not even then.
Growing up in The Great White North (Canada), our winters were even longer and snowy-er than this. Yikes, I know. It is hard to keep up healthy habits when you just want to eat comfort food and never get off the couch. We did a lot of outdoor sports when I was younger – you can stay in very good shape with cross-country skiing, ice skating and ice hockey, or even just going for walks regularly in the chill. I’ve picked up a couple of healthy habit ideas to follow in the winter months:
- - If you work out in the morning, sleep in some or all of your gym clothes, and have your sneakers right by the bed. Hit your alarm, and just get up. Make it a habit for at least three weeks, and see how much less hassle it seems.
- - Use non-food rewards. I mean, a warm chocolate chip cookie is motivating, I know. But maybe a pedicure if you work out every day for a week. And a mani the following week!
- - Be cognizant of your food choices. Homemade soups can be very healthy and filling without all the calories/salt/extras of canned soups. Make a big pot and eat it all week long. Buy salad ingredients to pre-make on Sundays. Have fat-free yogurts or sugar-free cereal ready to go every morning, along with a piece of fruit (citrus is never bad this time of year to keep your immune system firing on all cylinders!).
- - Also watch the snacking. A bag of your favorite chips might be gone in one sitting. Maybe cut up some cucumber and buy some hummus, or plan on eating apple slices instead of the processed carbs.
The winter doldrums and the freezing chill outside are not inspiring to go for a run. But with some commitment and intentionality, you can keep your waistline trim with strong habits.
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Dr. Julie Drolet
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