There’s a saying that says “summer bodies are made in the winter,” catchy and true. But for a lot of people, they may find it difficult to stay active in the colder months, and this makes creating a “summer body” during wintertime very hard to do.
Unless you have a home gym, it’s oftentimes a pain dragging yourself to go running or cycling when it’s wet and gloomy outside, or even to go out to your car to drive to the gym.
Me being an indoor person, I’ve always hated going outside to do anything, regardless of the temperature outside.. but I still wanted to stay active, and so I had to drive myself to think of ways to make doing so easier indoors, the place where we tend to want to stay during cold weather.
So here are my top 3 tips on how to stay active in the winter months:
Tip #1: Eat More Fruits
People in the western world tend to eat a diet that is high in protein, fats, and sodium. While this may have you feeling full longer, it can also make you feel heavier and more sluggish, like you want to go to sleep. Try eating more foods that are very high in water content, unrefined carbohydrates, and low in protein and fats. Fruits, potatoes, corn, squash..etc, but especially fruits.
Raw fruits are the perfect food for the body, it takes the body very little energy to digest compared to other kinds of foods. This leaves your body with more energy, and you’ll probably feel more inclined to stay off the couch.
Tip #2: Staying Creative
I don’t have a treadmill or a stationary bike, but that won’t stop me from doing cardio indoors.
An aerobic step is a great tool for staying active indoors, and it’s simple to use, you just step up and step down. It may not seem like much, but trust me, you can get a really good cardio workout on it. If you don’t have an aerobic step, just get creative. Use a chair, use your couch, use your bed, just be safe!
You can also get creative with weights. If you don’t have dumbbells, why not get a backpack and fill it up with heavy things like rice or potatoes?
Tip #3: Make It Easier Psychologically
It is much easier to keep doing something you’re already doing than it is to start something new. Haven’t you ever gotten up really early in the morning not because of discipline or an alarm clock, but because you needed to pee? You were really tired and just didn’t want to get up, but finally you did, and once you got up it was no problem for you to stay up. This same principle applies to staying active.
Try this – Go outside for a 1 minute run every single day, if you didn’t want to keep running after 1 minute you can go back inside. This really works! You will find that rarely will you only run that 1 minute.
The idea is that once you’re already outside and have ran 1 full minute, it’ll be 100x easier psychologically for you to say “oh what the hell, I’ll just run another 20 mins since I’m already here.” I have used this strategy myself and I have found that very rarely do I just do the minimum of 1 minute. The thought of being able to come back in after only 1 minute makes it psychologically easier to drag my ass outside to begin with, and once I’m out there it gets much easier to stay out.
Try out these tips and let me know if you found it helpful. If you have any other suggestions, questions, or comments, leave them down below. Like and share on social media if you like this post.