How to Prevent Winter Weight Gain

The average adult gains 3 pounds over the holidays. Here’s how to take it off.

Between skipping workouts and eating more than usual, the average adult gains three pounds over the holidays and retains about a pound into the New Year.

But you don’t have to take this holiday rite of passage lying down. If you get up and get moving you can avoid gaining weight or can get rid of those pesky pounds that creep up on you while you’re busy being merry and bright.

The trick at this time of year is to find a winter workout that works for you. Whether it’s too cold to head out to the gym, you’re short on time or you simply need some new motivation, here are a few ways to stay active so you don’t let winter weight gain get the best of you:

  • Try a new sport. Winter is a great time to try something new like ice-skating, skiing or snowshoeing. If you want to give volleyball, basketball or racquetball a go, now is a great time to get involved in an indoor league.
  • Join a mall-walking club. If the weather outside is too frightful to take a walk, it’s always warm and cozy inside the mall. Many shopping malls have walking clubs where you can walk in safety with others while window-shopping and socializing.
  • Join a new class. Finding your usual routine at the gym boring (or don’t have a usual routine at the gym)?  Look into classes that pique your interest such as boxing, aerial yoga or pole dancing.
  • Purchase or rent exercise DVDs. Or get them on-demand. You can do just about any type of workout by following along, right in your own home.
  • Buy new exercise equipment. Holiday gift money is best spent on something that makes you happy and healthy. So use some of your holiday cash to buy a set of kettlebells, a pair of new sneakers to run in or even a treadmill.

Of course, before starting any new exercise program, you should always talk to your doctor.

 

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Date Last Reviewed: November 29, 2018

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