When spring comes around do you ever find yourself trying to squeeze back in to last year’s shorts? I know I do. During winter, many people tend to prefer to snuggle under a warm blanket in front of the TV, instead of heading to the gym. Winter is generally also a time of holiday dinners and comfort food, leaving us with more padding at the end of the winter than we had before.
With exercise becoming less enticing in the winter months, hydration also gets neglected. Hydration in the winter months should be no less important than in the summer. Hydration can help lubricate sore muscles and joints that may become more painful or prevalent in cold weather, making that trip to the gym just that much easier.
Along with proper hydration generally comes weight loss, and drinking enough can even speed up the metabolism. A research study done in Germany suggests that the metabolic rate, or rate at which we burn calories, increases by as much as 30% for both men and women when they drink enough. Though water will not flush out the fat you consume, it can help you stay fuller for longer, cutting down on unhealthy snacking and cravings.
While I would absolutely not recommend unhealthy snacking at any time, healthy snacking can be a good thing, and can definitely prevent cravings and overeating in the winter. Fruits and vegetables are perfect snacks. Celery, cucumber slices, broccoli, winter squash, grapefruits, and oranges are all fresh and available in the winter months. They can also help with hydration containing eighty to ninety percent water. Try soup before dinner to warm up your insides, hydrate your body, and prevent overeating. Coffee can dehydrate so try to drink hot, herbal tea instead for the extra hydration your body needs.
Winter workout blues can be beat with motivation. Sign up for race in the spring to motivate yourself to train through the winter months. Find a workout buddy to talk you out of your bed on your lazy days. Buy new workout clothes to make yourself feel better about the way you look, or purchase a new bikini off the clearance rack and make it your goal to look fabulous by summer. All of these tips will help motivate you to keep the pounds off and stay fit during the cold winter months.
This post was written by Sarah Greenspan. She lives in the UK and is a happy SOURCE customer and supporter. She is a writer and health fanatic and enjoys writing the occasional post for our blog.