There is one thing most folks plan on gaining every holiday season: a few extra pounds! We tend to overindulge this time of year, particularly when it comes to what we eat. For most, Halloween through the New Year means an excess of high-calorie foods, meaning that we enter January a bit out of shape and frustrated that the year is off to a “heavy” start.
Since our clinic focuses on whole-body health, one of our top priorities is helping patients achieve and maintain a healthy weight. It’s unrealistic to assume that folks will avoid all the yummy treats this season has to offer, and honestly a cup of eggnog or a slice of pumpkin pie won’t ruin your diet… but weeks of eating these foods combined with a lack of exercise is the perfect recipe for unhealthy weight gain.
Keeping a healthy weight reduces the stress and strain placed on our joints, decreases our risk for diabetes and other endocrine diseases and improves our sleep—giving us the energy we need to stay active!
Our physical medicine team recognizes that exercising during the winter months can be a challenge for those who live in colder climates. When a patient’s main form of exercise requires being outside, and the weather is not cooperating, then we team with the patient to create an indoor exercise plan that is sustainable through the wintertime.
Here’s a list of some of the initial suggestions we talk about with patients to help them keep working out during the winter:
- Quick cardio that needs little space: jumping jacks or jumping rope. These are also great exercises to do before you brave the cold and go for a brisk walk or jog.
- Walk the stairs in your home, apartment building or office space.
- Buy a used treadmill and place a TV in front of it so that you don’t get too bored.
- Try a new workout video.
- Invest in some free weights. Building muscle burns fat!
Our professional team can help you keep moving!