Winter tweaks to my workout routine

Staying in shape in the winter is hard. I blame this on Maine’s distance from the equator. It’s cold and it’s dark. All. The. Time. One of the main reasons I find it so difficult to work out in the winter: I hate showering multiple times in cold weather. I also hate getting up early, so working out in the morning (so I can shower for the day and just be done with it) has proven to be an impossibility. One of the other bad habits that causes me to gain winter weight (besides it being the comfort food season) is that every day at 4 p.m. I think it’s 8 p.m. What happens at 8 p.m.? WINE. Wine happens. And this time of year with these long winter evenings, wine happens for an extended period of time. So maybe I need to change a few habits.

Here’s my plan to squeeze in time to stay in shape this winter, and maybe you’ll be able to try it too:

Replace wine time with workout time

I’ll get my run/cardio in during the evening after work. Less wine, more sweat. It’s dual-purpose.

Catch a barre or Pilates class during the day

I can get dressed for work and sneak out for a not-so-sweaty lunchtime calorie killer. I’ve squirreled away workout clothes at the office (and shoes! I always forget the shoes…which has more than once provided a convenient excuse to bail on a workout). Pilates and barre classes are great for toning, but I don’t get so sweaty that I need to shower right after. If you can’t skip lunch for a workout, sleeping in workout clothes and getting it out of the way first thing in the morning used to work for me, too.

I’ll eat fruit (not just drink fermented grapes)

I usually forget fruit exists all winter. Not this year.

Every year, a few small steps in the wrong direction have led me to the same out-of-shape spot in the spring. This year, I’m hoping these few small steps in the right direction will lead to a happier and healthier 2017!

Alanna York has owned Head Games Salon for Hair & Body, based in Portland, for 17 years. Her professional career began in the early 1990s when she discovered the passion and excitement that came from enhancing the natural beauty in all of her clients.

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