Ways to Stay Fit, Trim, and Healthy Over the Winter

| November 7, 2016 | 22 Comments

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Ways to Stay Fit, Trim, and Healthy Over the Winter

Fit, Trim, and Healthy. Though these three concepts are commonly related, they do not all describe the same experience. Those who are healthy are not always fit or trim. Those who are trim are not always healthy. Not all of us want to be all three of these things at the same time, but plenty of people do. It can be hard to maintain great health during a long cold Canadian winter. But it is possible with planning and a little extra effort. Here are a few ways to do exactly that.

 

  • Prioritize Warmth and Not Getting Sick. There are two main reasons why we get sick in the winter more often than in the rest of the year. 1) When our body temperatures drop while we’re outside in cold weather (Especially if we’re wet), it lowers that power of our immune systems. Immune systems weakened, we get sick more often. 2) Everybody is inside more often. Pressed together, it’s easy for germs and viruses to get spread around with coughs, sneezes, and unwashed hands. To protect yourself during this vulnerable time, get your flu shot, invest in a very warm winter coat or parka, and wash your hands more often that you normally good.
  • Resist the Urge to Bulk Up. It is a natural cycle for mammals to pack on the pounds during the winter to stay warm. But because you are not a bear or a beaver, you don’t have to follow this particular instinct in order to survive the hard winter months. If you have unwanted bulk, a membership at the gym, an exercise regimen, or body contouring procedure can help you achieve the silhouette you want. If you already applied step one (Above), you’ll already have an awesome warm coat or parka to keep your body temperature up without packing on extra pounds.
  • Take a Complete Multivitamin. It’s very easy to go off the deep end with supplements. That’s not what we’re suggesting you do. However, if you are an adult, chances are you need regular supplementation of one or more vitamins. A quality multivitamin should be part of your regimen every day. You’ll notice the difference. Make sure you pick a vitamin that is made of food-based nutrients. Your body will be able to absorb these easily. There are plenty of lesser quality multivitamins which are made with synthetic materials that can’t be absorbed by your body. There are many vitamins, especially vitamin D and some of the B vitamins, which your body won’t produce in sufficient amounts during the winter. Without these, your immune system and energy levels won’t be high enough and you’re liable to get sick and have you scheduling a trip to the doctor.

It’s challenging to stay trim, fit, and healthy during a long, hard Canadian winter. It’s easy to neglect your health, especially when it’s cold, dark, and wet outside. Don’t let these conditions grind you down. There are plenty of ways to maintain great health even when the conditions are harsh. These steps alone should do a lot to help you achieve and maintain your goals.

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Lyne is happily married and has two teenagers: a 19 year old son and a 22 year old daughter. She is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. loriag says:

    Resist the Urge to Bulk Up is the hardest one for me.

  2. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Great tips to help keep up fit and healthy during the long, long winter months. I do take a complete multivitamin daily will have to check if it’s plant based or not. I also get my flu jab every year too.

  3. be careful because the temperature is treated

  4. Cheryl says:

    Thanks for the tips I really need to get a multivitamin !!

  5. Lynda Cook says:

    I really need to get back on track and follow my plan, I was doing real good and lost 40lbs. but sadly I gained it back, to much stress with what is going on with my husband and the hospital visits we are not eating properly, so I am hoping the new year I can lose again!

    • Lyne says:

      It’s certainly is hard! I exercise regularly and watch what I eat now, I have lost 15 lbs. My weight lost has been gradual over 4 months though. Slowly but surely. My Fitness Pall app really help to stay focus! Good Luck:)

  6. Wanda Tracey says:

    These are great tips to stay fit during the colder months.I find it harder to stay on track because I look for comfort foods when it’s cold and I have a harder time to get motivated.I think I will definitely take more vitamins.

    • Lyne says:

      Yes, I definitely think we all want comfy food during the winter and that’s when I gain weight lol. I stick to a warm bowl of soup instead to help maintain my weight and stay away from too many carbs. Thanks for commenting!

  7. Nate says:

    Very good tips for the winter time

  8. Carol Oddy says:

    Great tips on staying healthy

  9. Chandra O'Connor says:

    I just started to take my multivitamin yesterday, but I’m a little to late sick with a cold today.

  10. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    My mom recently started this challenge. I can imagine the difficulty of this during the holidays.

  11. Chandra O'Connor says:

    I have to keep from being a couch potato over the winter. I detest it so much. I need the tips. Thanks.

  12. Kristi says:

    I’m making a point of eating more fruits and vegetables even though it’s winter, and having gotten a young dog a few months ago is definitely getting me outside more even when it’s cold.

  13. AD says:

    I find that staying active and involved in physical activity helps me stay healthy; gym memberships are great, but I find that outdoor activities (even in the cold) are beneficial to boosting health and immunity.

  14. s powell says:

    Thank you for the tips I take a vitamin I dont need to lose weight but I like to keep fit and its harder durning the winter

  15. Janet M says:

    Thank you for the tips. It is important to stay fit.

  16. Andrea Norris says:

    Thanks for the tips!

  17. Thanks for sharing this useful information!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    Winter will be here before we know it. It is so important that we still get our exercise in. Thank you for this article God Bless

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