Let it snow then get up and go!
Traditionally, cooler winter weather and fewer daylight hours mean stay snuggled up inside and less active. But, this is Canada! Cold and snow are pretty much guaranteed in most parts of the country for at least a few months. To ensure we’re not only active for half the year, finding ways to keep moving in the winter is a vital part of healthy living. There are all kinds of fun ways to enjoy the outdoors and not even know you’re burning calories. And when it’s really cold, it can be a workout just getting everyone bundled up. Head outdoors and go skating, cross-country or downhill skiing, snowshoeing or tobogganing. Building a snowman, having a snowball fight or making a snow fort all count too! Even if just out for 20 minutes, think about how wonderful the hot chocolate and fireplace will feel when you come back in!
And when it’s simply too cold to head out, make no excuses for not moving. Turn on some favourite tunes and dance around the house, pop in a classic exercise video, do a few stretches or dust off the exercise bike. Even an hour of serious house cleaning gets the blood flowing, leaving you feeling more energized. Just like in warmer weather, continue to do any errands you can by foot such as walking to mail a letter or pick up a few groceries.
Staying active is one of the best ways to stay on track with healthy eating. Exercise enhances a healthy appetite but also seems to help regulate the desire to overeat. Let me know your favourite ways of keeping active in the winter months. Meantime, I’m off to build a snow luge track in our sloped driveway with my son!