‘Active’-ly seeking comfort when it’s cold

Dec. 17, 2012 @ 08:32 PM


As the temperature drops, you may be drawn to the TV and high fat foods. You think about exercise, but the cold air sends you back to the cozy couch as you crack open the door contemplating a walk. Rather than going into hibernation mode this season, use these tips from the Eat Smart, Move More…Maintain, don’t gain! Holiday Challenge to keep your energy levels up and your spirits bright.

• Satisfy your hunger with fiber-rich foods. If your belly is full, you’ll have more energy to participate in activities you love. Eat foods that are high in fiber which have many health benefits including slowing digestion to keep you full. Fiber-rich fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds will keep you satisfied so that you can …

• Exercise to turn up your internal thermostat. You may have noticed that after you run around the house doing chores your body heats up and you stay warm for a while after you finish. Take advantage of the heat you create when you do physical activity. Instead of curling up under a blanket when you get chilly, do some jumping jacks or walk up and down the stairs a few times. Once your body gets warmed up, you’ll have more energy to do something productive.

• Be more cheerful through charity. Being stuck inside when it’s cold and gray outside doesn’t have to make you blue. Scientists have discovered that the act of helping releases “feel-good” chemicals in your brain. The assistance doesn’t have to be formal to reap the mood-boosting benefits. Helping your children with their homework, knitting a blanket to give away and donating your spare change to a charity on your way into the grocery store will all raise your spirits.

For more information about the Eat Smart, Move More…Maintain, don’t gain! Holiday Challenge, visit MyEatSmartMoveMore.com.