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Healthier Ways to Hibernate This Winter

The frigid weather and shorter days may make you want to hide out until spring. Here’s how to give into that instinct without packing on pounds

Stay Cozy Without Kicking Your Healthy Habits

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Sometime in the weeks following New Year’s the novelty of winter begins to wear off. The once-invigorating brisk chill in the air just makes us want to head back to bed.

According to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, physical activity drops off in these colder, darker late-fall and winter months every year. In 2011 the percentage of adults who reported exercising for at least 30 minutes 3 or more days a week fell to 49.8% in November, down more than 5% from the year’s high in July.

Meanwhile, chilly temperatures make us want to double down when it comes to eating and indulge in hearty (and often fatty) comfort-food classics. (Search: Healthy recipes) In fact, the percentage of Americans who reported eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables at least 4 days a week has been consistently lower in fall and winter months than in spring or summer between 2008 and 2011.

While these are a few of the reasons we greet spring a few pounds heavier than we were in September, that doesn’t mean keeping in shape this winter is a lost cause. You can cave to some of your hunker-down instincts without sacrificing your health, as long as you hibernate strategically with these tips.

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