Guys, who feels like going to the gym in the winter? Seriously. It's cold, it's slippery, and it's a whole lot easier to curl up in front of
the fireplace Netflix with Christmas leftovers. If this is how you feel - and it's pretty much how all of us feel - then I've got some good news for you.
It's still possible to keep fit in the winter, without having to trek to the gym like you did in the summer. Or like you planned to do in the summer, whatever. How do I know this? Friends, I'll let you in on a lesser-known fact about me: my mother is a certified personal trainer. She even won first place at the 2009 Quebec Pro Gym fitness competition.
Know what else she did? She gave me a bunch of training tips on how to keep fit during the winter. Tips that I am now sharing with you - and although these are all pretty legit, keep in mind that they're generalizations. Obviously, if something works/doesn't work for you, then follow what's right for you personally. Good? Good. Now read on for 7 Tips To Stay Fit In The Winter Without Going To The Gym.
1. Go to the spa.
Yeah, I was a little skeptical about this, too. But apparently, pampering yourself does have some pretty legit health benefits. Namely, the hot - cold - hot - cold of the water circuit is really good for detoxing your body. Especially since doing this causes you to produce all kinds of sweat, so you'll be sweating out the toxins. (Sidenote: does anyone else feel like a hot dog when they get in the steam room? Or is that just me?). It might be a little daunting to plunge yourself in an ice cold water bath during winter, but come on. No pain no gain.
2. Drink water with lemon the second you wake up.
Literally the second you wake up. Okay, no, not literally, I lied. But according to my source, it's best to drink lemon water early in the morning because it cleanses your system and helps reduce cortisol, AKA your body's stress hormone. Oh, and it's got a bunch of other awesome health benefits, too.
3. On that note, you should be drinking - a whole lot.
No, not alcohol, sadly. According to personal trainer Daniela Falbo, you should be drinking about 2 litres of water per day and 1 litre of green tea. Why? The green tea is a natural fat burner and aids in detoxing your body, with a slew of other health benefits. As for the water? Drinking a lot of water does have various health benefits, but the main one here is that it'll curb your cravings for calorie-rich winter foods. Sorry, double fudge lava brownie.
4. Your meals should be smaller, but more frequent.
Eating 3 huge meals a day isn't what the body is built for. Apparently, it makes a lot more sense to eat five small meals per day, which will also help with those crazy winter cravings (like poutine, which is the perfect winter food, not even going to lie). The food you eat should also be filling and rich in nutrients, like whole grains, sweet potatoes, and soups rich in vegetables.
5. Do push ups.
Which is probably the most convenient exercise to do, ever. You don't need to go to the gym to get this workout in. You don't need a DVD, you don't need a yoga mat, you don't need any weights - all you need is some determination and a floor. Does this make it the perfect winter home exercise? Maybe. Or maybe it's the fact that push ups help strengthen and sculpt your upper body, meaning that you can go as beast as you want over the holidays. Gravy? Yasss please.
6. Take a walk every. Single. Morning.
When my mom said this, I said, "But what if it's cold?" And do you know how she responded? "Then get dressed." I think that's a pretty good nugget of personal trainer mom wisdom right there. But also, taking a walk first thing in the morning - especially when it's chilly out - uses up fat as energy. Don't try to cheat the system and go for a stroll around the block like I'd do, though. According to Daniela, you have to commit to at least 20 minutes of walking in order to make a difference.
7. Stick to it.
Don't give up once the first winter blizzard hits, friends. That's no way to get a summer bod. Now stop reading and brew yourself some green tea.