There’s nothing better than an oversized sweater, crackling fire, and marshmallows drowning in hot cocoa when it starts to get cold. This time of year is when my motivation for physical wellness starts to slip, but my mental wellness is at its peak. Food, family, and festivities abound in the winter months.
But how do you make time for your physical body without compromising on all of the waistline destroying treats of the holiday season?
Get the people you love involved! I signed my family up for 8am Christmas Eve yoga this past year, and though my brother wore his Christmas pajamas, we got in a pretty good workout before hunkering back down. It’s hard to make time to workout when you picture the rest of your loved ones snuggling by the fireplace, so by all means, be the team motivator. Motivating your loved ones will also motivate you!
Remind yourself that you won’t be nearly as jolly and bright if you come down with a winter bug, and exercise is a great way to boost your immune system! If you feel a little stuffy, it’ll drain your head and clear your sinuses. Just remember to wash your hands thoroughly to avoid catching any gym bugs.
Mix up your routine. The exercises you do when it’s warm out don’t have to be the same as those you do when it gets cold. I’m always an advocate for a little variety because being stuck in a rut makes it hard for me to keep going. Right now, I’m crazy about hot yoga! I love that it’s warm, as well as how detoxed and stretched my muscles feel when I get done.
As part of your new routines, find workouts you can do at home. I have a list of these for rainy days, or even lazy ones, when leaving my apartment after class feels out of the question. A quick 30 minutes before you shower and start/end your day will make a huge difference. You can add it to your list of accomplishments, and just like making your bed, accomplishing this small goal will make a big difference in how you perceive yourself.
The earth will warm back up soon, and sweaters will be traded for swimsuits in the blink of an eye. Make sure you’re treating all facets of your wellness so you can feel great with every seasonal change! Stay warm, and as always, love the skin you’re in.