November 6, 2015 - Better You, Wellness

Five tips for sticking with a healthy lifestyle through the winter months

Heading into the holidays can be the toughest time of the year for staying on track with health and fitness goals. There are temptations all around, not to mention plenty of reasons to make excuses. Do any of these sound familiar?

  • “The time change has given me less time to work out. Might as well just skip it.”
  • “I’ll be hiding under winter clothes anyway, it doesn’t really matter if I pack on a few pounds.”
  • “The holidays come but once a year, why not indulge?”
  • “I’ll start working out again after the new year.”

I’ve said all of these things to myself and many, many more. It’s amazing how much your mind can fool you into believing that.

The problem with that is the little things add up: a few skipped workouts or a few extra calories over the course of a few months can all add up to a lot of extra pounds. Trust me, I know this from experience. Every winter, I pack on some extra weight. And every spring, it gets harder and harder to take back off. Now that I’m over 40, my metabolism isn’t what it used to be. Every single pound I gain goes straight to my midsection, which I know isn’t healthy.

This winter, I’m taking a different approach. Four weeks ago, I started a new workout routine, and I’ve been counting my calories and overall eating much healthier.

I can still enjoy my favorite holiday indulgences. After all, anything is fine in moderation. But, I also know that working out is even more important this time of the year because it helps me get through the winter blues.

Here are my top five tips for sticking with a healthy lifestyle through the winter months.

  1. Buy some cute winter workout clothes to help motivate you. Check out these great pieces at SIX:02.
  2. Use a calorie- and activity-counting app to keep you accountable.
  3. Make exercise an appointment on your calendar. Schedule it for the same time every day at least four to five days a week.
  4. Allow yourself guilt-free “splurge days” each month. Commit to following your diet goals every other day.
  5. Enlist a friend for accountability and work out together.

SIX:02 6K in Dallas

Training for an event like a race is also a great way to stay motivated. When you have an end goal in mind, it’s easier to stay on track. On November 15, FootLocker and SIX:02 — the top women’s fitness retail destination — are sponsoring their first It’s Your Time 6K in Dallas. It will be held at Klyde Warren Park and interested participants can sign up at

Whether it’s first thing in the morning or following a long day of work, SIX:02 believes that every woman has a personal “SIX:02 moment.” It is that time of day when women are inspired to accomplish an individual goal, make the most of their workout or set their sights on new ambitions. All runners are encouraged to post a photo of their race registration on Instagram to invite others to join them for the race. Runners should tag @SIX02 and #SIX02Moment for a chance to win a $100 SIX:02 gift card. SIX:02 will randomly select one winner per week leading up to the race.

It’s your turn: When is your SIX:02 moment, and how will you stay in shape this winter? Tell me in the comments.

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  • I NEED to start scheduling workout time in my week!!! It’s so hard with such young kiddos but I know I’ll be so so happy I did it.
    AND new workout clothes would help too 😉

    • The hardest part is finding the time to put it on your schedule, but once you do…it’ll be SO wonderful!

  • Bryana

    After talking about it for YEARS, I finally sleep-trained myself (lol). I now go to bed earlier (around 9:30 — an hour and a half after the kids) and I wake up around 5:30 or 6 (I set my alarm for 6) For a while it was just drinking tea, checking emails, making lists, etc. Now that I’m used to it though, I head straight to the treadmill for a 20-30 min fast, uphill walk and THEN head to the computer, calendar and bible with my tea. I also do YouTube 20-30 min workouts several mornings per week after I drop the kids at school. Sometimes my preschooler is here with me, sometimes not. It has been so wonderful and life-changing. Thanks Alison – your post about getting up before the kids inspired me to finally make the change 🙂 Now my husband is wanting to make some changes too. I am so looking forward to actually being in shape this spring/summer instead of wishing I was!

    • YOU are very inspiring Bryana! What a great schedule and I love that you’re making you a priority at the top of the day. I schedule my workouts as non-negotiable now. It’s the only way.

      Also, thanks for sharing your feedback about getting up earlier. I’m so happy to hear that’s helping you!

  • Since we adopted our dog four months ago I have been waking up early to take him for a long walk every day before work. It has helped me to lose almost 15 pounds! I really want to keep it up during the winter months, but it is getting SO cold! I need some advice on how to stay warm. I have my core covered, but the leggings aren’t cutting it. I need to either wear two pairs or find some extra fleecy ones to keep my legs warm. I’ve never been a morning person, so I don’t want to lose this momentum (and it doesn’t hurt that I have a cute face wagging his tail at me every morning, haha!).

    • I find myself layering to keep my legs warm. I hope you find something Detroit Duchess! Keep it up.