Stop me if you heard this one: You hit the gym with great motivation after New Year’s, determined to work off all the Christmas cookies, ham, latkes, pot roast, eggnog and cocktails. You signed up for yoga, cut out sugar, bought a lot of kale and started drinking eight glasses of water a day.
Now, two weeks in your willpower is waning. The kale is lying limp in your vegetable drawer. You’re craving hot cocoa and pasta. And it’s so cold outside and so dark when the alarm goes off at 6 a.m. all you want to do is stay curled up in bed watching Netflix and eating comfort food.
“It’s only January,” you tell yourself. “I have plenty of time to get into beach shape before summer.”
Instead of putting your fitness resolutions on hold, there are ways to get back into shape that will not only help you look better, but feel better and help you ditch the winter blues.
- Easy does it. Ignore anyone who says you have to be able to run a mile right from the start. Starting slowly and building over time will increase your confidence and your endurance.
- Every step counts. Not a gym rat but not happy about walking in the cold? Many malls welcome walkers in the morning—or do a few laps while window shopping during your lunch hour.
- Eat good to feel good. Eating a healthier diet doesn’t mean deprivation. You can enjoy the foods you’re craving in the cold by using healthier ingredients and being aware of portion size. And this is a good time to make sure you’re getting the nutrients you need to fight the winter blues and keep your immune system humming.
- Netflix is your friend. That Netflix series you want to binge on can become your workout buddy. Bring your tablet to the gym and make it a rule that you can only watch while you’re on the treadmill or elliptical.