by Gail Kasper, Author, Television Host, Certified Fitness Trainer, and Motivational Speaker
The days are colder and shorter now, which can make it harder to keep active. Still, there are dozens of ways to stay active and keep fit during the winter months. Remember, it’s much easier to stay in shape through the season than to get into shape when spring rolls around. If you do nothing, you’ll face an uphill battle once winter’s over, and you certainly don’t want that. Take control of your fitness now, and you’ll be in great shape for bikini season. Follow these tips:
1. Stay active indoors. Just because you’re indoors doesn’t mean you have to become a couch potato. Get up and move! You can bring a couple of pieces of exercise equipment into your home and use these regularly. Or you can join the local gym and make use of their facilities. Your community may have indoor ice rinks, roller rinks and swimming pools; consider making good use of these. Another option is to commit to walking at the indoor shopping mall, just remember, you’re there to exercise, not shop! If you like to dance, then join (or start) an informal dance group.
2. Find outdoor activities you can do. Some people love the outdoors, even in cold weather. If you’re one of these people, you’ll have plenty of options available: skiing, ice skating, brisk walks in the park, snow shoeing, nature hikes, building snow-people, snowball fights, horseback riding, taking your dog for walks, sledding and much more. You’ll need to bundle up; make sure you have the right winter gear, then go outside and have fun!
3. Remember to eat right. With so many fall and winter holidays, it’s far too easy to overeat. Candy at Halloween, rich foods at Thanksgiving and Christmas, champagne and hors d’oeuvres at New Year’s, snacks and party trays on Super Bowl Sunday, sweets for Valentine’s Day, food temptations abound. It’s important to not give in to a desire to overeat. Remember to continue eating sensibly during the colder months. Create a food plan that works for you, and stick to it. If you find yourself indulging during the holidays, get right back to your nutrition plan as soon as possible.
4. Take action. It’s way too easy to spend winter curled up on the coach doing nothing. Don’t give in to this temptation. Take action! Get up and do something: vacuum the floor, dust the furniture, teach yourself a new dance move, rake the leaves, walk around the block, go out with a friend. The main thing is to get up and move. The more active you are, the better you’ll look once bikini season arrives.
About Gail Kasper: Mid-1998, Gail Kasper started her business from a small one-bedroom apartment, in the middle of bankruptcy, with no money in the bank. Today, Gail is one of the nation's leading speakers, author, Top 1% Club Mentor, a television host, advice columnist, Certified Fitness Trainer, Ms. Continental America 2008, and the creator of SAD-T™ (Systematic Attitude Development-Technique™). A former Contributing Editor to Success Magazine with the "Ask Gail" column and host of the "Ask Gail" segment on the Comcast morning show, Gail is the author of her self-help autobiography Another Day Without A Cage: My Breakthrough From Self-Imprisonment To Total Empowerment and the self-help parable Unstoppable: 6 Easy Steps To Achieve Your Goals. With national media appearances that include Inside Edition, The Today Show, FOX Business News, and Oprah and Friends, Gail has earned the ranking of an in-demand national media personality who has been the topic of discussion on Regis and Kelly. The current host of the Philadelphia Visitors Channel, she has also made numerous appearances on network affiliates that include ABC, FOX, CW11, Comcast, and CBS, where she co-hosted the Emmy award-winning America's TVJobNetwork. www.gailkasper.com
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