The winter season is here, and with it comes family gatherings and holiday parties. Once the cold and snow dissipate, you might start feeling the extra weight from all the holiday chicken and turkey you’ve been binge eating.
Remember, winter isn’t only for eating and merry-making. It’s also a time for winter sports and fitness activities. So, here are three ways to stay away from those extra pounds and keep yourself fit during this season.
Invest Your Time In Winter Sports
Spending time playing around in the snow is great fun for family and friends. But, making snowballs and snow angels aren’t the only activities to do during the cold season, especially if you want to get fit.
Instead, consider investing your time (and money) in winter sports. You have several different options, such as:
- Ski jumping
- Ice skating
Each of these snow sports can be more fun than throwing snowballs at your little brother or sister. Plus, you’ll also get an excellent workout in return.
Take for example snowboarding–this particular winter activity needs you to maintain proper balance on a snowboard. Riding the board requires you to activate your core while maneuvering your hands and legs to maintain appropriate balance. Otherwise, you’ll find it very challenging to stand on the snowboard. You’ll find it an even tougher challenge to snowboard down a hill or mountain if you don’t activate your core.
So, consider starting these winter sports activities for excellent workout routines during the cold season. By the time spring comes into view, you might notice a flatter tummy when you gaze at yourself in the mirror.
Exercise At Home
Winter sports, like snowboarding and skiing, might not be as easy as they seem, particularly if you’re a complete beginner.
Looking at online videos about professional snowboarders and skiers might coerce you into trying out these winter activities. But, take note that you need to be relatively fit to ensure that you can snowboard or ski down slopes without wiping out.
At this point, you might think that you need to start working out at the gym. But, you don’t need an expensive gym membership to start getting ready for some winter sports fun. Start getting fit by exercising at home.
Several exercises exist that don’t need any equipment. All you need to do is to exert the necessary amount of effort when working out. Some no-equipment exercises you can do at home include:
- Push ups
- Jumping jacks
You may also want to consider starting yoga. Yoga is an excellent way to practice your breathing. Plus, this activity can help strengthen your core muscles, which are essential for maintaining balance when you’re doing certain winter sports activities.
However, remember to do each exercise with proper form. Don’t just think about doing yoga poses or push ups because you “want” to do them.
Visualize and use the right muscles for each workout routine. For example, target your glutes during squats. Consequently, your core, back, arm, and chest muscles should activate when doing push ups.
Regular at-home exercises will help keep your body fit during the cold season. Furthermore, your workout routine will help you prepare for your winter sports trip.
If you want to achieve your fitness goals this cold season, then, everything will fall apart if you can’t maintain proper discipline. Regardless of your choice of winter sport, you will need practice and discipline to get better at it and stay fit at the same time.
Remember, it takes roughly 20 days for an activity to become a habit. So, it should take about a similar amount of time for your health and fitness activities to become part of your daily lifestyle.
During these 20 days, you should:
- Resist the urge to overeat
- Start and maintain a regular workout routine
- Stay away from fat-building food
So, don’t look at the holiday buffet table when you’re at a family gathering. Also, begin and keep a regular exercise regimen once the cold season starts. Try tailoring your exercises according to the type of winter sport you prefer and its physical demands.
If you find it challenging to lay off the sweets, convert your intake of sugar into sweet yet healthy options. For example, spinach has a sweet taste, but it’s also a healthier option than chocolate chip cookies.
Discipline, diet, and exercise – these three elements should be in your fitness plan for the cold season. Follow your healthy eating with activities, like snowboarding, and you should gain a better-looking physique once the cold season is over. Otherwise, you’re going to risk packing on the extra pounds during this season, which you might regret once spring arrives.