The Winter Fifteen

Remember college, when the “Freshman Fifteen” was on everyone’s minds? No one wanted to gain the extra weight supposedly associated with being away from home and being free to do what you want, eat what you want, and hang out with whoever you wanted. I don’t know about you, but I had too much walking to do to actually put on weight! Today though, weight gain is sadly easier.

We have become a seditary people. We work in front of the computer, relax in front of the TV, drive everywhere, and have a fat-rich diet, especially around the holidays. When it’s cold outside or the weather is treacherous, it’s difficult (if not impossible) to get out and stretch our legs. What do you do during those long winter months to keep from gaining weight?

A lot of satellite or cable television companies have fitness channels. These channels run programs you can exercise to and run from light workouts to heavy-duty fitness programs. YouTube also has free workouts, or you can order programs to use with your DVD player.

While it’s important to get in 20-30 minutes of exercise a day, the most important thing is to go back to (or begin) eating right. Now that the holidays are past, stock up on fruit, vegetables, and salad. Make sure you are eating a small portion of meat (unless you ascribe to a non-meat diet). If vegan or pescatarian, do make sure you are balancing your protein with the rest of your diet! Three small, healthy meals a day and two healthy snacks will go a long way! I’m a salad ‘junkie’, so I love to make my salads with lots of different vegetables and an egg or two. Even sandwiches can be made exciting with some unique toppings!

Whatever your food style, balancing your healthy diet will a little physical activity will help you stay in good shape this winter. The internet is a great resource for looking up recipes, and if you have issues driving in this weather, don’t be afraid to reach out to someone who could give you a weekly ride to the store for some fresh produce.