How to Stay Fit Over the Fall and Winter

Winter can be a tricky season to stay healthy in, and as we find ourselves surrounded by cookies, brownies, and other holiday treats, we may find our pants getting tighter and tighter. I mean, with Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas all in a row, it kind of feels like the universe wants us to gain exuberant amounts of weight. However, if you power through the Fall and Winter and resist temptation t0 lose all that you’ve worked for, you won’t have to stress out about getting your summer body come Spring because you’ll already have it.

1. Replace unhealthy treats with good-for-you substitutes.

I know how boring this may sound, but you can’t stay fit if you’re stuffing your face with foods that are high in sugar and fat and low in nutrients and protein. Of course you can treat yo’ self to the occasional piece of pumpkin pie, but remember that moderation is everything. Especially around the holdidays, leftovers are filling up our fridge, but instead of having the berry cobbler from last night for breakfast, cook yourself up an egg and pair it with a side of seasonal fruit (think apples during the fall and pomegranates during the winter.) Instead of having hot chocolate when you’ve just come in from the frosty outdoors, try a nice herbal tea. Chai is especially lovely when it’s cold out, but be sure not to add too much sugar!

2. Keep exercising!

Unless you’re one of those godlike fitness gurus who love exercising in literally any temperature, running outside in the cold is probably pretty unpleasant for you. Luckily, in this age gyms are practically everywhere, but if you don’t want to dish out the cash for that there are many indoor workouts that you can do in your very own living room. Pinterest is especially awesome for finding at-home workouts, and it will also get you super motivated to get in shape.

3. Get rid of leftovers.

As I mentioned before, leftovers can be huge tummy-growers. After a party, it’s best not to keep those sugary treats and carb-filled meals in your house, because you can’t eat unhealthy foods if you don’t own any! There are many ways to get rid of leftovers without being wasteful like giving them to party guests or donating them to a homeless shelter.

4. Be aware of what you are eating.

When you’re at a party, it can be very difficult to regulate how much you’re eating, especially when the host keeps bring more amazing food out. While I’m not suggesting calorie counting, it may be wise to keep a mental log of what you are eating so that you don’t overeat and so if you do have an unhealthy day you can look back to see how you can improve. You want to have fun, but you also don’t want to end up feeling guilty because you ate approximately 26 pieces of cake at your coworkers Christmas party.

The holidays should be a time of happiness and spending time with your family and friends, so you should never become obsessed with what and how much you are eating. However, you should always make sure that you are treating your body the best that you can and being healthy. Remember that the best gift you can give yourself is a happy and healthy life, and keep striving for a fit lifestyle. It’s okay if you have those unhealthy days, but always pull yourself back on track. Good luck!

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