Losing and keeping weight off is challenging enough. Winter can make it harder to stay trim. Indoor warmth, shortened days and lower energy levels can make lounging on the sofa with a good book nearly too tempting to pass up. Depending on what’s in your home, winter habits could also find you snacking more, spiking your calorie intake.

This winter set a goal to get and stay fit right at home

This year,don’t give into those temptations. Write down exercises that you will do at home before you head to work or school. You don’t need to splurge on expensive home exercise equipment. Jump rope, push ups and body shaping exercises like squats are exercises that you can do at home.

You can also climb stairs, work out with balance balls and lift weights. Jogging in place is another exercise that doesn’t require special equipment. Work out until you get your heart rate up. A good test that you’ve done that is to exercise until you start to sweat.

Although it’s not necessary, if you live in a city that has long winters, months of cold weather, buying home exercise equipment may be a good option. Shoot for treadmills that fold into closets or fold against a wall. Exercise bikes and rowing machines are other home exercise equipment that makes starting and maintaining a regular winter fitness regimen easy.

Place treadmills, bikes and rowing machines in the basement. if your house doesn’t have a basement, place the equipment on hardwood floors. Running on a treadmill, rowing or riding a bike for an hour a day can wear away your carpeting.

Mood and shorter sunlight can impact weight

To keep from gaining winter weight, sit down and relax for at least 15 minutes every single day. Easy ways to do this include meditating for 15 minutes, soaking in a relaxing bubble bath and listening to your favorite soft music. Jazz, soft R&B, light rock or orchestra perhaps?

Journaling also helps to reduce or eliminate stress. Despite it being cold outside, get outdoors in natural sunlight for at least 30 minutes, if possible. Natural sunlight is a great mood booster. If you can’t get outdoors, try using a full spectrum lamp. Also, open window treatments like blinds and drapes during winter.

Spend time with family and friends. Steer clear of making excuses as to why you can’t join friends, relatives and colleagues at fun events and socials. This could keep you from eating and drinking to feel full or satisfied when what you really want is to connect with someone you trust.

To track your fitness, whether you’re at home or out with friends, wear a fitness watch.They’re stylish. You can also track the quality of your sleep with a fitness watch.

Cold, snowy weather can limit your outdoor exercise routine. Even if you want to go for an early morning jog or bike ride, slick roadways might prevent you. Cold air knifing your lungs is another winter turn off. If you’re not careful, you could pack on 10 or more pounds before spring starts. Move your exercise routine indoors and watch your stress levels to avoid snacking to try to lift your mood.