Hey Friends! How’s it goin?
My first year in Canada, I developed the habit of staying indoors as much as possible when we hit sub-zero temperatures. I actually stayed hungry a couple times rather than brave the cold. And if I still had that mindset, yesterday would have been one of those ‘stay at home, don’t get out of bed’ days.
As you can see from my update on Insta, it was cold as eff in Waterloo yesterday. Surprisingly, I still managed to make it to class AND to the gym- two things I definitely wouldn’t have done in previous years. But this season, I decided to do as much as I could to avoid the winter blues and keeping up my health and fitness routines is a huge part of that.
So today I wanted to share some of my tips and tricks for eating well and staying active during the winter, when everything inside you is just screaming for all the carbs, followed by a 5 hour nap.
5 Tips to Help you Stay on Track when it Snows
1. Have a plan
The worst thing you can do in the winter, is not plan out your days. And this advice is coming from the most Type B person you’ll ever meet. In the summer, I love to go with the flow. I get up, go outside and wonder around and just experience life. But in winter? No way. I’m not leaving my house until I know where I’m going, how long I’ll be gone, what time the buses are and all that jazz. There’s nothing fun about being stuck outside waiting on a bus for 15 minutes while you progressively lose feeling in your toes. Trust me. When that happens, the first thing you’re gonna want to do is go home and order pizza. Not head to the gym or the grocery.
2. Don’t go home first
On that note, if I’m going to be out before I go to the gym or the grocery I never plan to come back home first. As soon as I step into my house, I know I’m not leaving again unless under threat of bodily harm. To avoid this, I walk around with a packed gym bag and reusable grocery bags, so I can just head to where I need to be. It may be a little extra luggage to carry around all day, but it’s worth it to not have to try (and fail) to convince myself to leave home a second time.
3. Stock up on essentials
I’ve written before about going to the grocery more than once a week, but I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t always follow this rule when it’s snowing. I don’t drive and trudging around in knee-high snow with heavy grocery bags hanging from my frozen fingers is not my idea of a good time. So in the winter I stock up on things like (low-sodium) canned beans, diced tomatoes, sweet potatoes and other foods that aren’t as likely to spoil so when I don’t feel like venturing into the outdoors for groceries I have healthy options at home.
4. Do it with friends
There’s nothing more
annoying motivating than a friend nagging encouraging you to “get off your lazy a** and head to the gym now”. Not that I know from experience or anything…But seriously, having a gym buddy keeps you accountable will usually help you get out your warm bed and into the gym. And eventually, you’ll thank them for it.
5. Have a back up plan
There are always going to be those days when it’s so cold that you just head straight home, or don’t want to leave your house in the first place. So it’s a good idea to have a back up plan. Freeze some meals that you won’t touch except for a
rainy snowy day when you’re out of everything and can’t be bothered to go to the grocery. I also like to save at home or no equipment workouts so when I can’t make it to the gym I can still get my sweat on.
What about you?
What tips to you have for eating well and staying active when it snows? Do you use any of these?
Share in the comments below!