3 easy swaps to stay active in winter
Colder temps can make it hard to find and keep motivation to get moving. But, in addition to helping support weight loss and overall health, fitting in some physical activity can actually do wonders for your mood, energy levels, and even your outlook—all helping to make it easier to stick to your weight loss goals.
With Slimming World, we call any activity that gets your heart rate going Body Magic. The great news is, these small swaps—all great for when the temperature plunges—add up to Body Magic throughout your day.
Body Magic swap: Elevator for the stairs
Get your heart rate up and your blood flowing with a simple swap: Take the stairs over the escalator or elevator—especially if your destination is five flights away or fewer.
Body Magic swap: A sit-and-sip for a walk-and-talk
Catching up with a friend or scheduling a meeting with a colleague over coffee (an Americano with a splash of skim milk, or tea, are fab, slimming choices!) is great, though why not shake up your routine? Consider taking your java or tea to go for a walk and talk, once or twice a week. Too cold out? Meet up at a coffee stand in an indoor mall and do some laps there.
Body Magic swap: Sitting for standing
Aim to stand up every 20 minutes—even if you’re busy on a big project at work. Set a reminder on your phone or schedule the breaks on your calendar like a meeting for a two-minute stretch session every 20 minutes. Even better? Take a walk to the water cooler or over to your coworker’s desk to ask that question you would have put in an email. These pauses to move will boost your concentration and can even decrease stress levels.
Bottom line: You don’t need to hit the gym or even head outdoors to keep moving! The more conscious you are of adding in a few steps to your everyday routine, the more it will become a good-for-you habit.
If you’re planning to start a new exercise program, it’s always a good idea to check with your health care provider first—especially if you have an existing health condition, such as high blood pressure or diabetes.