Combat Winter Weight Gain

Combat Winter Weight Gain

Just because it's wintertime, it doesn't mean you can't exercise! Exercise will help you counteract any holiday weight gain, as well as improve your health.

Getting Started

  • Experts recommend at least three 20-minute sessions of exercise per week. If you are trying to lose a significant amount of weight, exercising five times a week may be what you need.
  • Remember, older adults or people with health problems should consult with their doctor before doing anything strenuous.
  • Some winter chores and activities are good forms of exercise, for example, moderate snow shoveling and ice skating.
  • Take the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator.
  • Check out the website of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, which also has tips about exercise and weight control.
  • Make exercise part of your daily routine. With a treadmill or exercise bike at home, you can watch your favorite TV shows while you burn calories.

Take a Walk

  • If you ride a bus to work, get off one stop early to get some extra exercise.
  • If temperatures and sidewalk conditions are safe, consider taking a walk after dinner each night, but not too close to bedtime. Be sure to be safe when you walk outdoors. Stick to familiar areas, and walk with a partner if it makes you feel more comfortable.
  • Get the most out of a "walking workout." For example, pump your arms to increase calorie burn.

Shop Wisely

  • If you are considering buying a device that "guarantees" weight loss with little or no effort, check with the Federal Trade Commission to verify that it is truly effective and safe.
  • If you purchase exercise equipment at a consignment shop or yard sale, check with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to make sure the item has not been recalled.
  • If you work in an office building or live in an apartment complex, check to see if there is a workout room on site. You may be able to work out for free or at a discounted rate. If there is not a gym on site, ask your supervisor or your apartment building's rental office if use of a nearby gym could be arranged.
Tags Wellness and Fitness

Last Updated: February 06, 2014