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Avoiding Winter Weather Gain

While you may have goals that you are attempting to achieve during these winter months, it is very likely that gaining weight is not included on your list. In fact, avoiding the process of collecting additional pounds is usually a priority as we progress through the months of cooler temperatures. Still, winter weight gain is a common occurrence despite our desire to evade the accumulation of pounds.

However, there are steps that we can take that will keep the excess pounds from developing. As with any time of the year, the choices that we make regarding what we eat, what we drink, how much physical activity we engage in, and how much sleep we are attaining each night are all significant factors in determining any changes in our weight. 

Since we have now entered the time of year in which we experience falling temperatures and a condensed amount of daylight, it might be beneficial to review the importance of our decision-making process in the foods and beverages that we consume, the amount of exercise that we become involved with, and how often we collect a sufficient amount of sleep.

Exercise Regularly

The factors that were just discussed are all related, and they will combine to play a significant role in determining whether you will experience weight gain during the next few months. A major step toward diminishing the possibility of accumulating pounds involves making sure that you are active through some form of exercise or recreational activity. This is critical regardless of your age. However, middle-aged and older adults are particularly susceptible to inactivity.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Approximately 31 million adults over the age of 50+ can be considered inactive. While this presents a challenge during any month of the year, aspects of winter present more formidable methods of discouraging us from remaining active.

But even though the cooler months can create mental barriers that keep many individuals from engaging in a sufficient amount of physical activity, this can be overcome by making a firm commitment to stay active.

While reduced temperatures might initially decrease your motivation to exercise you do not have to abandon all activities. You can still commit yourself to working out at a gym. This offers you the chance to walk, run, use weights, or try their assortment of equipment.

There are also ways to workout at home, by creating your personal version of a home gym. Classes are also available for numerous exercises throughout the winter. These include more traditional forms of workout and sports activities.

You can also try something new like dancing, or simply walking in the mall on a regular basis. Or, you can make the decision to embrace the reduced temperatures by adding another layer of gear and walking outside.

Steps To Reduce Seasonal Affective Disorder

Regular exercise is just one of the steps that can be taken to help offset the negative effects of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). This condition can also impact your potential to gain weight during the winter months. SAD is a form of depression that can be caused by changes in the season. While this can develop during the months of autumn, the winter months provide a challenge for anybody who is confronted by this condition.

There are a collection of symptoms for SAD that include depression, low energy, difficulties with sleeping, loss of interest in activities, and changes in appetite. A reduction in serotonin and melatonin levels can also create challenges with maintaining a positive attitude and a proper level of sleep.

However, maintaining a regular exercise regimen can counteract the reduction in energy, issues with sleeping, and altered appetite that can emerge with SAD. This will also diminish the potential of gaining weight.

Maintaining A Healthy Diet

Shorter days are also a related factor that can cause other behavioral changes. This includes eating an increased consumption of food, and the potential to eat too many unhealthy foods.

It is recommended that you place a limit on the consumption of carbohydrates, and make sure that you are receiving enough fiber in your diet. Expanding the number of vegetables that you eat can also be beneficial.

Adding vitamin C to your daily regimen will decrease fatigue and bolster your immune system. Vitamin D can also be beneficial toward combating any struggles with your mental outlook.

Also, the same forms of healthy food that can decrease your chances of gaining weight throughout any other month (such as salmon) will still be advantageous during the winter months.

Getting Enough Sleep

Maintaining a sufficient level of sleep on a daily basis is important throughout the entire year. There are steps that you can take to improve your chances of making this occur.

The CDC has reminded us that you should be consistent in terms of the time that you go to bed each night, and also in the time that you begin your mornings. It is also helpful to maintain a dark, relaxing bedroom which is set at a temperature that is comfortable for you.

Avoiding electronic devices such as phones, computers, and televisions will assist in this process. This is also the case for making sure that you avoid caffeine, alcohol, or the consumption of large meals right before bedtime.

At Rapid Med Urgent Care Center We Can Help 

If you have any concerns or questions about any health issues during these winter months, please do not hesitate to contact us at Rapid Med Urgent Care Center. This is also the case if you are interested in learning more about the screenings for obesity, diabetes, or cholesterol that we can offer.

At Rapid Med Urgent Care Center, not only do we deliver immediate medical attention for conditions that are not critical or life-threatening, but we also provide both primary and preventive care.

Our Primary Care 

Our intuitive approach and commitment to patients enable them to receive the specific type of care that they prefer, when and how they want it. This include:

  • After Hours Care Available
  • Continuity of Care
  • Health Maintenance
  • Patient Education
  • Vaccinations

Our Preventative Care 

  • Alcohol Misuse Screening & Counseling
  • Atherosclerosis Risk Factor Modification
  • Blood Pressure Screening
  • Cancer Screening
  • Cholesterol Screening
  • Depression Screening
  • HIV-STD Screening
  • Immunizations
  • Obesity Screening & Counseling
  • Type 2 Diabetes Screening
  • Weight Management
  • Wellness Exams

Our Urgent Care 

Of course, At Rapid Med Urgent Care Center we also provide immediate medical attention for conditions that are not critical or life-threatening.

Regardless of whether you are in need of primary care, preventative care or urgent care, you can receive the same great care and consideration that you receive by visiting our offices simply by using our On Demand service through your phone, tablet, or computer.

Regardless of how you contact us, we can also assist you, or answer any questions regarding any of these other medical problems.

Phil Clark
Phil’s experience as a writer enabled him to generate advertising and marketing material throughout his career in the television industry before he expanded his level of knowledge by creating various promotional elements for all forms of media in other industries. He has also produced articles that have been published in numerous publications and websites, including usatoday.com, and USA Today’s football magazine, where he wrote weekly columns and player profiles for multiple years. He has also worked with Photoshop, Illustrator, and Vizio, and has a BS in Broadcasting from Indiana State University.
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