I don’t know about you, but when winter starts sneaking up on me, and the sky starts darkening just about the time I’m leaving work, well,
I just want to go home, get my pj’s on and cozy up underneath a blanket. In other words, hibernating like a big old bear sounds pretty good to old Bea! And that cold, cold winter wind makes me want to gather up comfort foods and fill my belly with ‘em.
Truth is, though, I know I can’t let the siren call of hibernation woo me. I don’t want to wake up from a long winter’s nap, only to find I’ve somehow gained five (or more) pounds and that I have a serious lack of motivation to rev up my exercise habits for spring.
If you have the same concerns I do, here are some options to keep you motivated to maintain your fitness levels this winter, and avoid that
holiday weight gain, compliments of the American Council of Exercise (ACE) website.
A few ideas I would add to ACE’s list:
- On those days when it’s not too bitterly cold, take a brisk walk outside. If you have a dog, bring him or her along for some company. Or if you can drag your spouse or significant other off the couch, drag him or her along!
- Ask for a Nintendo Wii with a Wii Fit package for Christmas! It’ll help you work off those holiday treats.
- Are you a senior? Find out if your community has a SeniorCenter – the one in my city offers a walking track and a variety of group activities,
such as pickle ball, which is extremely popular.
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