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Winter Weight Loss

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 active at home

While your instincts might be telling you to stay put, you need to resist the urge to spend a lot of time on the couch or under the covers this winter. Sedentary behavior—even among active individuals—can put you at risk for a number of health issues, including heart disease and diabetes, according to a study published in the European Heart Journal. The good news is that inserting even a little bit of activity into your day, like taking regular 1-minute walk breaks, can lower this risk. Think about setting an alarm on your phone to remind yourself to get up and move every hour or so.

Video: Living Room Workout

There are a number of other ways to get exercise without leaving the cozy confines of your abode, or without spending a fortune on home-gym equipment. “A jump rope doesn’t take up much space, but jumping rope is hard and burns a lot of calories,” says Ruth Frechman, RD, author of The Food is My Friend Diet. “I also like to use a Hula-hoop. It gets your heart going and it’s fun.” You’ll also be able to work your entire body with a resistance band. Plus, your TV can actually help you stay fit—a number of DVDs exist to help you blast fat, tone your body, and elevate your heart rate. Dance DVDs provide motivating music, which might be a welcome energy boost in these dreary months, or think about popping in a walking DVD, which allows viewers to get moving without venturing into snowy or icy conditions. Several fitness videos are available for streaming online as well. Hulu has an entire genre page dedicated to health and fitness videos and sites such as EMG Live Fitness and YuFit offer online classes similar to ones you’d find in the gym, like cardio kickboxing and barre instruction.

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