Keeping healthy habits going as the cold creeps in

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) As the days get shorter and the air gets colder, keeping up your routine gets tough. But it’s necessary to stay healthy. Just ask Bill Calfee. The Burlington resident bikes to keep the wheels spinning smoothly in the rest of his life.

“It makes me feel better to be outside every day and get exercise. It makes me sleep better. Everything goes better when I get some exercise,” Calfee said.

“I think the key is starting now. I think it’s really easy to say come January 1, ‘Oh, I gained a ton of weight and now I want to start going to the gym.’ Now is the time to start setting your routine,” said Jamie Sheahan, the director of nutrition at the Edge.

Sheahan says that routine could be as simple as committing to working out at least one day a week or if you’re already active, making sure you keep your workouts going even if you have to shift indoors or go for a walk on your lunch break. And a big part of avoiding the holiday weight gain also involves what you eat in your normal routine.

“Start to establish some healthy habits. It could be something as simple as, ‘I’m going to aim to get three servings of vegetables per day. And then continue that and then you can build on those goals because it is hard as things get busier, as the day gets a little bit shorter, to stay motivated,” Sheahan said.

Healthy eating is, of course, easier said than done. But Sheahan says an easy way to keep up a balanced diet that’s perfect for fall is to do soups, stews or chilis that are healthier.