When it gets cold outside, I slow down; heck the whole world slows down. I just want to stay bundled up in bed and eat lots of comfort foods. But, the saying, “summer bodies were made in the winter is very true.” I always find changing it up a bit and adding some new things to the routine keep me motivated to stay healthy.
Dust off all your equipment. Yes! You know all those investment pieces you have spent tons of money on that you swore up and down you were going to use. Only to end up letting them collect dust, use them as a shelf or store them at the bottom of a basket. I’m talking about treadmills, DVDs, weights, bands and the list goes on and on. Well now is the time to dust those items off and put them to good use. All you need is 30 minutes a day to maintain or make an impact on staying in shape during those winter months.
Can you say HOT SALADS? When it gets colder I crave warm comfort food. Discovering new ways to make healthy salads that are filling and comforting are a huge plus. I love me a wholesome meal. So, get creative and get cooking. There are great recipes on Pinterest like Warm Sweet Potato and Spinach Salad or Warm Zucchini Salad.
Get out of the house and go outside. Get some fresh crisp cool air it does so much for the mind, body and soul. Bundle up with some layers, sit outside with a hot cup of coffee or coco, go for a walk or better yet shovel some snow for a really good work out. Get the blood flowing and endorphins going. Just keep moving. Don’t let winter wear you down and enjoy the nature the season has to offer.
Get new workout gear. Any type of shopping is a definite motivator for me to begin! But, going out and adding a new pop of color or a fresh pair of tennis shoes make me want to workout in them, like immediately!
Take Vitamins. When the weather gets cold and there is less sun your body needs more vitamin D. Both Vitamin D and Magnesium help fight depression among many other things. Vitamin D is called the “Sunshine Vitamin so add it to your daily routine to get your energy back. Create your own SUNSHINE!
There are so many great things about the cooler months of the year. There seems to be more family time and cuddling in my house. But, I know it can be hard to stay motivated and keep moving.
I hope some of these tips help you out! What are some things you do to stay motivated during the colder months? Share them here; I can always use a good tip!
About the Author:
Moni is a proud Puerto Rican Air Force Spouse and mother of 3 brilliant children, that has found time as a SAHM to finish her Bachelors in Public Relations. She has moved over 13 times as an Army brat and now an Air force MilSpouse. This has allowed her to see things from different views. During her husbands last deployment, she was inspired to write about her military lifestyle from a candid, sassy, bold and witty perspective. She hopes that by sharing her experiences that it will encourage other spouses to find their voice in this journey of constant change and uncertainty…all this has been accomplished with buckets of prayer, glasses of wine and a few colorful words.