As soon as beach season hits, you put down that cookie, pick up the celery and put the peddle to metal toward your nearest gym.For some reason once the sweaters come out of the closet and the hot chocolate goes on the stove, you tend to lose all self control. The gorgeous outdoors usually keep you active and the heat helps control your appetite, while the cold persuades you stay indoors and cuddle up on the couch with a snack and a good movie.
Founder of New York City's personal training service Mind Over Matter Health & Fitness, Joshua Margolis who was recently featured in Men's Life Today and nutritionist Ilyse Schapiro has some great tips for staying fit throughout the winter months.
According to Margolis, "Winter is not a license to sit around and stuff your face." In fact, Colorado has the nation's lowest percentage of obese adults since 1990 due to their strong population of outdoor activities. Do not worry no one is asking you to participate in any extreme winter sports – unless you want to – but their are a few healthy tips you could follow to avoid looking like that holiday mascot known as Santa Claus.
Since winter is known as cold and flu season, it is important to keep your immune system on track. Along with your vitamin C, oranges and clementines make a great alternative to a bowl of chips. You can easily curl up to watch a holiday movie with some healthy comfort foods. Try a veggie chili in place of a cream-based soup and go for low-fat instead of full-fat dairy. You should always substitute your white carbs for whole wheat products.
Exercise and healthy eating go hand-in-hand, so do not think you can just skip working out all together. Find a buddy to join you at the gym to keep your motivation going. A little conversation mixed with weight-lifting makes for some quality gym time. If you prefer the outdoors rather than working out inside, that is no problem. Buy the appropriate winter gear, like goggles and a parker and you will feel warm and cozy on your jog.
Foods such as carrots, sweet potatoes and broccoli are rich in antioxidants like beta-carotene which help to fight cell damage and fights diseases and illnesses from the common cold to cancer. Get enough beta-carotene and you can help shorten the length of time of a cold.
The last bit of advice to really stay in shape this season is just to have fun! Pick up a winter sport like skiing, snowboarding or ice hockey and you will not only be learning a new skill but you will be staying in shape at the same time. This is a great way to mix up your workout and keep your body guessing. Just by picking up a pile of snow and having a little fight with some kids will burn away the calories.
So, before you automatically jump into a pair of sweatpants, take the advice of Mind Over Matter personal trainer, Joshua Margolis, and stay fit and healthy all-year round.