Don’t Let Cooler Temperatures Derail Your Workout Plan

If you find it harder to keep up with your workout program as the temperatures drop, you’re not alone. Every year, many Americans find it increasingly difficult to remain committed to their plan as the holidays, shorter days and less-than-ideal weather create obstacles.

Whether you’re a gym-goer or outdoor exerciser, there are simple ways you can overcome the winter obstacles and stay on track with your workout plan.

  • Acclimate to colder weather by warming up inside. If you’re an outdoor exerciser, try doing your warm up inside. By doing so, you’ll raise your body temperature and already be warm before you step outside.
  • Prep for your next day the night before. If you’re an early morning gym-goer, try getting everything you need for the next day together the night before. This way, all you need to do when your alarm goes off is get up, get dressed and go to the gym.
  • Have a backup plan. Even the most dedicated exercisers will lose their motivation. That’s why it’s essential to have a backup workout plan that you can do at home. It doesn’t have to be lengthy, doing something is better than doing nothing at all. Aim to have three or four full-body workouts ready for when you need them.

Nutritional Information (per serving)

Total Calories 240
Total Fat 7 g
Protein 8 g
Carbohydrates 35 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g
Saturated Fat 3 g
Sodium 340 mg
Total Sugars 4 g

Source: USDA

Crunchy Potato Casserole


  • 2 cups corn flakes (crushed)
  • 2 pounds potatoes (peeled, grated)
  • ¼ cup butter (melted)
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 1 10-ounce can cream of chicken soup
  • ¾ cup fat-free sour cream
  • 1 cup low-fat cheddar cheese (shredded)


  1. Heat oven to 350 F.
  2. Combine potatoes, butter and black pepper in a large bowl.
  3. Add onion, soup, sour cream and cheese. Mix well.
  4. Pour mixture into a 13-by-9-inch baking dish and sprinkle with corn flake crumbs.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes.

Makes: 8 servings

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