Winter is definitely here; the first snow has fallen this week and there is plenty more to come. This weather has people staying indoors all the time and thus not doing much weight loss but this doesn’t have to be, and really shouldn’t be, the case. Below you’ll find a series of winter weight loss tips which should help you to continue your weight descent throughout the cold months. You might already know some of them, however there is a good chance that you’ll end up surprised. ‘Wearing red clothes aids weight loss!’ Did you know it? If I woke your curiosity, you should keep on reading!
Best Winter Weight Loss Tips
1. Walk in the snow
Going for a walk in the snow is a good winter weight loss tip as you have to exert a lot more effort to get anywhere. Each step you take requires extra effort as you battle to stay on top and not sink into the snow! This winter weight loss tip can do wonders for your cardio.
2. Snow Cleaning
Be the one that cleans the snow from your car, yard or sidewalk. You can burn impressive amounts of calories. Snow shoveling melts around 550 calories per hour. A fresh snow fall can help you burn 100 calories within 10 minutes, while you snow clean your car in the morning.
3. Remote Parking
If you did clean your car and took it for a ride, allow yourself a 10 minute walking session too, by parking a little further away from your destination point. This will encourage you to perform a pleasant winter walk, inhale fresh air and burn extra calories. It can also help you to find a parking place easier, away from the crowded parking lots of the city centres.
This winter weight loss tip will surly be the favourite for many! Christmas is the ideal time of the year for shopping. Did you know that 1 hour spent and shopping can help your burn around 170 calories? Numerous items to pick, prices which have to be compared and many other stuff will make you wander around numerous shops, malls and similar places. You can have an ideal weight loss shopping experience, if you also buy your self a gift that aids weight loss, perhaps a fitness device. This way you’ll make sure that you’ll continue burning calories when you return home!
If you’re up for having a bit of fun sledging is always an option. No matter how big you are, you can grab yourself a sledge from your local newsagents, find a hill and have some fun. The exercise in this winter weight loss tip comes from the fact that you have to get up the hill after every slide so that you can do it again; really good exercise and very good for your cardio and leg muscles. If you can run up the hill each time go for it!
6. Ice Skating
Another good winter-related activity is ice skating. This winter weight loss tip doesn’t have to be a chore either; it is seriously good fun and you burn hundreds of calories per hour. Whilst you can go ice-skating at indoor rinks all year, it is definitely best at Christmas because of all the outdoor rinks that open up in town and city centres all over the country. They are usually subsidised by local radio stations looking to get some free PR and they are usually surrounded with live events meaning you can really get into the spirit of Christmas whilst losing weight!
One more weight loss tip for winter that will treat you! There are lots of reasons for party during winter. You have the Christmas Party, the New Year Party and for sure many more parties during your winter holiday. Parties are great for weight loss, because they involve dancing. With 450 calories burned during 1 hour of dancing, you can easily become a party freak. However, there are some things you do need to avoid: don’t eat to much, do not exaggerate with alcohol intake and don’t party until the morning. You need a good night’s sleep to maintain your energy and continue your weight loss.
8. Winter Holidays
Pick a winter sky resort as a destination for your holiday. This way you will be able to practice some winter sports that really eat away a lot of calories. Cross country skiing, alpine skiing and snowboarding burn each about 750-800 calories for 1 hour of practicing.
9. Indoor Fitness
However, if you really do want to stay indoors when it snows then you should order yourself an exercise DVD off the internet and have it delivered to your door (assuming the post is still running). A good one to try is most likely Zumba as this weight loss exercise is serious fun and it will help you lose a lot of weight whilst doing so.
10. Dress like Santa
Some insist that wearing red provides more energy which will help you to burn more fat away. You can dress like Santa and test this controversial winter weight loss tip. Other options would be to wear red underwear or red t-shirts. Red pajamas are also in question for weight loss during sleep!
Instead of considering just calorie burning in our winter weight loss tips, we also need to look at the food side of it. We need to also limit the calorie intake. Christmas is a time when you just binge binge binge on good food and good wine. Try and ask people not to buy you chocolates and sweets for Christmas, instead they could give you money, vouchers, or healthy snacks. It’s not that hard to ask and people are usually very understanding about your weight loss goals. Its fine to have one or two bits of chocolate to treat yourself at Christmas, but don’t go overboard! It’s a similar scenario with Christmas meals. Have a good helping Christmas day, as long as it doesn’t affect your diet plans, but after that do cut down; don’t have the same size again on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day! Do mind these very important weight loss tips, this winter!
One final point about winter is that people say when you’re cold you actually burn calories. There is some truth to this and so you will literally burn calories for it being cold weather (however this disadvantage to this is that your exercise is less effective in cold weather as you’re not working as hard to cool yourself down). This should make you feel better about winter in general. Keep following these best winter weight loss tips and when it comes to spring and you’re thinking about getting that beach body for summer you should be closer to that ideal body shape!