The Resolution Project: Winter Blues

 

It is important to really cater to your strengths in order to keep your fitness routine alive throughout the long New England winter.  There are going to be times, especially recently, where it snows and all you want to do is sit on the couch and eat all day.  That may be a slight exaggeration, but we have all done it. The lack of exposure to sunlight and Vitamin D can be really detrimental to our state of mind.  This being said, the first thing I suggest is to GET OUTSIDE.  No matter how cold or snowy it is, bundle up, put a hat, gloves and some boots on, and get out and enjoy that sunshine.  I can almost guarantee it will have you feeling better in no time, and you will get some exercise in too.

 

If you do decide to hibernate for a day or 2, then just get back to your exercise routine when you can.  One of the biggest mistakes people make is thinking if they miss a few days, it ruins everything, so why bother getting back on track.  This is not true, so jump back on the horse and you will be just fine.  It may even be the rest your body needed!

I tend to stick to shorter workouts in the winter, mostly because it is the busy season in the health and fitness world.  Do a couple of short, intense 15-20 minute workouts in a day, and your body will thank you for it.  Do one 15-20 minute workout.  Do a 10 minute workout.  SOMETHING is always better than NOTHING.  You get snowed in and cannot get to the gym.  There are still things you can do.

Equipment-free workout that you can do in 15-20 minutes in the comfort of your own home:

1 MINUTE SQUATS

1 MINUTE PUSHUPS

1 MINUTE LUNGES

1 MINUTE PLANK

30 SECONDS BURPEES

Repeat that as many times as you can in the time you have, and watch what an effective workout you can get!

And then there is FOOD.  Cold weather=Comfort food.  Now, that being said, I do not think it is bad to have comfort food, SOMETIMES.  You will appreciate it more if it is every now and then.  Secondly, if you can cook your own comfort food at home, you have control over what goes in it.  There are some really amazing recipes that you can make at home, with real food.  One of my favorites is Avocado Chocolate Mousse.  It is incredible, and you would never know it is made with mostly avocado, one of our natural super foods.  Give it a shot! 

1 Ripe Hass Avocado

4 OZ Bittersweet Chocolate

1/4 CUP thick coconut milk (from the top of the can)

1/2 TSP vanilla extract

3 TBSP Agave Syrup

1 Pinch Sea Salt

1. In a heatproof bowl, melt the chocolate in the coconut milk over hot water, or in the microwave.  Stir until smooth, cool slightly.

2. Put remaining ingredients in a bowl, and add cooled chocolate mixture.  Blend until completely smooth.

3. Spoon into dessert cups.  Serve well-chilled, with a dollop of coconut cream, if desired. This will cure any sweet craving!