How the Weather Screws With Your Weight

If you’re like me, cold weather can turn you into a hermit, which means you’re less likely to go to the gym, workout regularly, and stick to your regularly scheduled routine.

“Weather is such a socially acceptable excuse, we grab it and run—or rather, sit on the couch,” says life coach Laurie Gerber, president of Handel Group Life Coaching.

The problem with this is that it doesn’t make you feel better. In fact, you’ll feel worse when springtime comes around and you’ve gained excess pounds. Then, you will be stressed about losing weight in time to fit into your bathing suit or swim trunks by June. Sound familiar?!

  1. Make yourself accountable or ask your spouse/partner/BFF to hold you accountable if you don’t workout so many times per week. Even if the weather is bad, you can workout at home – NO EXCUSES
  2. Take up a winter sport that will get you up and moving, and even out of the house – i.e. join a bowling team, take swimming lessons or ice skating, go roller-skating once a week with friends or family, or get Wii-Fit or Xbox Kinect. There are many indoor options to choose from.
  3. Skype is becoming very popular. Link up with a friend and workout together via Skype.
  4. Lastly, use your TV commercial breaks to break out some dumbbells and get busy. Squats, lunges, jumping jacks, push ups, crunches, etc. can be performed quickly during those 90 second spots.