I’m not saying you have to be some kind of superwoman. I’m not even telling you to drastically change your lifestyle, because we all know the holiday season is busy enough without trying something new. And I’m not even suggesting that you need to watch what you eat, or start a special new diet or nutritional regime. You do you, okay?
However, I do want you to do one thing this season. Get moving.
Park away from the mall entrance and prepare for a brisk walk. Bundle up the kiddos and take a stroll through the ‘hood. Find a local skating rink and find your old skates. Make a coffee date – following a gym date – with friends. Whatever you do, make it happen.
It’s really the easiest – and best – thing you can do for your health this season. Keeping active boosts your immune system, gives you energy and stamina to face the winter blahs, and most importantly, neutralizes the negative effects of splurging on food and alcohol. And since I’ve got a warm coat, a cute toque and an adorable kid, there’s no reason for me not to get moving!
Now, I do know it’s difficult to stay motivated during the cold weather. (Even tougher when it’s not part of your regular routine.) But that’s why there are so many options!
Option 1: Embrace Canadian winter. Buy a warm coat, invest in a pair of waterproof boots, and for goodness’ sake, get outdoors. It’s truly one of the only ways to pay homage to this great country of ours, and hey, if it somehow leads you to eating maple syrup lollipops that have been cooled in the snow, you are living the dream, my friend.
Option 2: Be a part-time lover. Of winter, that is. There’s nothing that says you have to welcome the cold with open arms. You can join an indoor sports league, take up mall walking or even purchase at-home exercise videos while getting your fresh air in measured doses.
Option 3: Live the Good Life – with GoodLife Fitness. With over 350 fitness club and gym locations across the country, you can create a home away from this winter; one that allows you to achieve your fitness goals on your own time. Plus, they have a large amount of women’s only gyms, so you can work out where you feel most comfortable. And here’s why it’s easier than ever to make it happen: GoodLife offers a free 3-Visit Pass which includes access to everything a GoodLife Fitness Membership Offers.
This winter, make it a season to remember. Make time for your friends and family. Make time for yourself. Make every one of your dreams and wishes come true… and when it comes to a healthy, active lifestyle, make it happen.
This Blog post was written as part of the GoodLife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program, however all opinions expressed are my own.