The holidays are gone, but winter is still here. Instead of focusing on a case of the holiday blues, focus on what January brings: a new year, a new start, and a new beginning. No matter if you followed your diet plan through the holidays or threw it out with the summer barbecue leftovers, there are easy ways to begin the new year with a weight loss goal in mind. Whether it be alone or alongside a medical weight loss doctor, start your year off by taking that first step.

Two Birds, One Stone

Remember those chores no one wants to do? Taking down Christmas decorations, shoveling snow out of the driveway, etc? These can actually be considered extremely effective bits of exercise to help burn off those holiday calories. Although not as good as a session in the gym, starting with the most immediate problem (aka cleaning) can kill two birds with one stone.

However, if you’re too far south for snow there are alternatives. Unlike our northern neighbors, we southerners don’t need to wait for the snow to melt before opening our doors wide and airing out the house of last year’s dust. Cleaning during this time can also be beneficial because January serves as a nice break between major holidays, meaning that there is no additional expectations or traditions to follow.


Staying Sunny In Winter

Unfortunately, since not all of us live far enough north to experience a white Christmas we don’t have the opportunity to partake in winter sports. However, there are additional opportunities to consider for outdoor activities. Opportunities such as gardening. Yes, you read that right! It may seem strange to start gardening when a large majority of your outdoor plants are dead, but there’s actually a strong logic behind starting early. Although you may not be able to put seed in the ground just yet, many farmers start off the new year preparing the soil for the spring to come. Preparing your garden now has the added benefit of working outside while the weather is still cool. In fact, outdoor activity has multiple benefits during the winter months. Exposure to the sun increases our body’s natural production of vitamin D. Healthy levels of vitamin D have been linked to healthier sleep patterns and wakefulness during the daytime.


Quench That Thirst

There are a few health tips that need to be observed during the winter months regardless of the holidays, and the most important of all is hydration. Because it is so cold it can be easy to get dehydrated. Often times warm drinks like tea or coffee have just enough caffeine in them to burn out any helpful liquid intake they provide. Whatever you decide to do, be sure to drink water and other non-caffeinated beverages to keep your energy levels up this winter!