6 Ways to Stay Motivated in the Winter

Kristina LaRue, RD, CSSD, LDN
by Kristina LaRue, RD, CSSD, LDN
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6 Ways to Stay Motivated in the Winter

With winter’s cold weather and shorter days, many of us are tempted to hibernate. Since this is the time of year when many of us also resolve to be healthier, more active, leaner people, something has to give. Since hibernating isn’t really an option, these six tips help set us up for weight-loss success, even when it’s freezing and dark outside.

If you’re not a morning person, but aim to work out in the morning, try to get everything from your breakfast to your gym bag ready the night before — maybe even put it in your car. If you prepare a grab-and-go breakfast in advance, try these Overnight Coffee Oats or pre-portion your protein shake. If you’ll exercise in the afternoon, pack snacks or trail mix for post-work energy. Planning ahead is half the battle.

Invest in cold-gear attire to get you motivated for your workouts and keep you warm when you venture out. Layering is key and if you’re planning on working out outside, covering your head and hands is a must. Some regions get slippery with snow, ice and rain during the winter, so be sure your footwear is properly equipped with a grippy bottom.

If you find it hard to motivate to work out on chilly days, get an accountability partner to help you to stay on track. Convince a friend to start an exercise regimen with you or join a few classes at your gym. Not only will you be sweating away those holiday sweets, but you will also get to socialize. A win-win.


New hobbies have been shown to boost motivation and excitement, so try a winter activity such as snowshoeing, ice skating, skiing or snowboarding. The key here is to try something active that you’ve never done before which will help bring newness to your activity routine.

The holidays just passed, and with all of the festivities, you’re bound to have leftover goodies still hanging out in your pantry — or even worse on the kitchen counter. Go through a kitchen detox to scrub your kitchen of temptation and put fresh produce and wholesome snacks front and center. Out of sight, out of mind — and off the waistline.

Seasonal fruits and vegetables are flavorful and full of nutrition and antioxidants. Hearty, homemade soups will be satisfying and warm. Roasting is a great way to bring out the flavors of Brussels sprouts, greens like kale and chard and root vegetables like carrots, parsnips and winter squash. Don’t forget about winter fruits like pears and apples, citrus and figs for a nutrient-dense snack that satisfies your sweet tooth and keeps you full longer than any candy bar will. For a wintery twist, caramelize the outside of a grapefruit or orange in the broiler.

About the Author

Kristina LaRue, RD, CSSD, LDN
Kristina LaRue, RD, CSSD, LDN

Kristina is a board certified sports dietitian located in Orlando, Florida where she specializes in intuitive and mindful eating. She is the author of the food and nutrition blog, Love & Zest where she shares {mostly} healthy recipes with simple ingredients that are meant for real life. As a new mom, she knows that eating well and living an active lifestyle isn’t always easy… but it’s always worth it!! Kristina loves spending time outdoors with her family, sweaty workouts, and a good cup of coffee. Get in touch with her for one-on-one nutrition coaching (virtually or in person), or connect with her on PinterestInstagramFacebook  and YouTube.


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