Below is another article that I wrote that was featured in Dr. Kevin Shimizu DC's quarterly article. You can find the full article here: http://www.chiro-shimizu.com/ns/autumn11-en.pdf
Beat the fall and winter blues!
We all know that it can get quite gloomy in Vancouver in the fall and winter. With the days getting shorter and with increased rainfall, we often go into hibernation mode. You know what this means.... Yes, a couple more pounds on your body! Well today, I am going to talk a little bit about what you can do to prevent this.
Find a training buddy
Find a friend with a common goal or hire a personal trainer. Make a goal to see them at least 2-3 times a week. Having someone there to work out with makes quite a difference in motivation and helping you stick to your goals.
Look for group fitness classes
Yoga, Pilates or boot camp classes are just some examples of what you can get involved in to get you out of the house. Group fitness is fun and it provides you with the opportunity to get to know others that are working towards a common goal.
Personally I enjoy a Japanese martial art called kendo and this gets me out of the house at least 3 times a week on top of the times I am in the gym seeing clients. In the winter, I also enjoy cross-country skiing. If you have not tried cross-country skiing before, I recommend it for a great cardio workout! In fact if you enjoy any winter sport, keep it up because it gets you out of the house and you burn calories doing it.
Watch what you eat
With many seasonal gatherings on the agenda, make sure you enjoy yourself but not overeat. A good point of advice is to eat a little before going to the gathering. This should help you control your appetite. Remember that it all comes down to making the smart choices. Think before you eat, and if there is a healthier alternative, choose it instead!
Work to reduce stress
Getting a good night sleep and reducing daily stress are important steps to take to manage your weight. It is natural for people to eat more or eat unhealthy when they are stressed. So make sure to take some time to destress once in a while!