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.
Hoping to make time for a lot of these things this season!
I get mine from shovelling in the winter
I love your coat. I actually have an incentive to get outside. My mail box is about a half mile away so on nice days we all get out and walk.
I am a self-admitted “hater of winter”. That being said, I live in Canada, so… yeah, I’ve gotta do #1 on your list – embrace it! We go tobogganing and for lots of neighbourhood walks, etc. We’re hoping to get a dog, so that will definitely keep us active!
(On a totally unrelated note… what books are you wearing in this pic? Are they Pika? I want to get a pair that will fit under my bootleg yoga pants and jeans, and yours look perfect. I have the Pika Teya 3-button, but want a short pair also. Let me know – thanks!)
Thanks for all the great tips to keep healthy and fit during the winter season. I definitely need to get out and moving…..
I actually love Winter. But I am guilty of driving around to look for the spot closest to the store, and staying in a lot more often in the colder months. I’m going to start embracing Winter. You have the right attitude. And since I’m already a fan of the season, I should spent more time outdoors enjoying it.
Great tips and reminders. I have a Fitbit on my wish list to help me with my walking goals.
Great tips. With a dog, we are forced to go outdoors, regardless of the weather. So all we can do is, dress for the weather and hope the walk satisfies our dog
I love your coat,its great to get outside and take in our beautiful Canadian winter.
I don’t like the shoveling so much, but I don’t mind the cold.
It’s sometimes hard to motivate yourself to go outside when it’s super cold but once you’ve taken that first step out the door, you start feeling good about your decision. You just gotta get out that door!
thank goodness for gyms! They help keep me moving even when the weather is horrible outside
It is really hard to motivate myself to go out into the cold. I’m definitely an indoor activity kind of girl!
Debbie White Beattie
This is such a great idea. I wish I could get out and exercise and I wish I could get my friends and family on board too.