The end of winter is a prime time to add some extra weight as we enter the home stretch of the season of “old man winter”. The following list is some of our therapist’s tried-and-true techniques to keep you on track as we get ready for spring.
How to Avoid End of Winter Weight Gain
1. Instead of doing a traditional weight training program consider doing a cicuit program by adding 3-5 minutes of cardio in between sets and exercises. These cardio exercises can include walking on a treadmill, biking, jumping rope or simple calisthenics.
2. Increase your fruit and vegetable intake to 5 servings per day. You feel full in less calories.
3. Get more active by taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Get off the train 1 stop before yours to burn more calories by walking, go for an evening stroll instead of watching TV and dance to your favorite music as often as possible.
4. Consider doing Bikram Yoga 1x per week. You will definitely sweat and shed pounds in this class. This class is also great for those suffering from pelvic pain and low back pain.
5. Increase your water intake to 6-8 glasses. Your bladder will be happy and you will feel less hungry.
6. Reduce stress – Stress can make you fat. Try stress reduction techniques such as meditation or better yet read the mind body chapter in my new book Ending Female Pain, A Woman’s Manual for great mind-body stress reduction exercises.
7. Pre-cook meals and keep them at work or at homefor those moments where a food cravig or low sugar moment occurs.
8. Hire a personal trainer if you just don’t have the motivation to work out on your own.
9. Keep a food diary. Write down everything that goes into your mouth. This will keep you honest and skinny.
10. Avoid food shopping on an empty stomach!
11. Avoid excessive alcohol consumption. If you must drink, keep it to 1-2 glasses of wine or beer. Avoid excessively sugary or creamy drinks.
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Ending Female Pain, A Woman’s Manual – by Isa Herrera – Great chapter on diastasis correction and how it relates to pelvic pain.
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