During the winter months it can be very easy to slip into the “World of Comfort” and “Land of Excuseville”. You may find yourself battling with the blankets in the morning or succumbing to the lure of the TV and sofa in the evening to avoid being out in the cold. And what with being a busy mum, trying to make time to exercise in the winter seems so much harder than normal!
Had a visit from the clothes-shrinking fairy?
Why is it at this time of year that we allow ourselves to have more treats and indulge? It is easy to comfort eat and go for the calorie laden food to “feel cosier” and “warm up”. At the same time as letting our nutrition slide it is easy let ourselves slip into our big baggy comfy warm clothes and before we know it, we are carrying a few extra hidden pounds.
Generally we hibernate during the colder months and taking the kids to the park is not as enticing as during the long summer days, so try to be proactive and find a soft play where you are happy to play too as this helps boost your activity levels.
Join the resistance
For months now the supermarket shelves have been laden with chocolates and rich food to tempt the taste buds over Christmas and along with the family festivities and celebrations come office parties, social drinks with friends and all of these assist with decreasing motivation to get to the gym or do your normal exercise routine.
The hard work and effort you have put it in to get you where you are today need not go to waste over winter.
All that’s required to stay on track and avoid being one of the many who rush to get their summer holiday body ready in 2018is a little dedication and commitment so that when you come out of hibernation and head into the warmer months you can be confident that you will look and feel great.
My top tips to help you to stay on track:-
- Start planning your Summer Holiday, where do you want to go and when will it be? Why not book it now and put a picture on your desk or in your car so you can see it everyday what it is that you’re working towards.
- Go shopping and buy those shorts or that bikini that you want to wear all summer and leave them hanging somewhere in your bedroom so you can see them every day.
- Put your workout clothes by the side of your bed so you roll straight out of bed and into your exercise gear.
- Throw out the baggy comfy tracksuit that can easily be slipped into and unconsciously filled out. If you can buy yourself a new item of clothing now, then do so and use this to measure any potential weight gain over the winter. If it starts to feel tight, you know something isn’t right!
- Make sure you regularly check in with your measurements and if you find these have gone up then get back on track sooner rather than later so it is easier to manage and there are no scary, unwanted surprises.
- Volunteer to be the designated driver on a night out to avoid consuming excess calories plus feel fresh the next day so you can exercise
- Plan family activities that are fun for all ages to do together as much as possible
Author CJ’s Fitbumps – CJ is a pre and postnatal holistic health coach, group exercise instructor, personal trainer, nutrition expert and author of The Winning Physique. She provides specialist pre and post natal fitness classes and coaching at Riverside Ice and Leisure as well as offers one to one personalised health coaching programs lifestyle consultations and personal training. Find me at www.cjsfitbumps.com, email me via [email protected] or call me 07557683770.