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Whether you are a senior or a caregiver for one, you might find the winter months a tough time of year to manage your weight. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University say people gain an average of 5 to 7 pounds during winter months. For adults with chronic health conditions like heart disease or diabetes, that kind of weight gain can be dangerous.
Why does winter cause extra pounds to creep up on the scale?
For some, it is overindulging in comfort foods. They taste and smell good when the weather outside is frightful. Unfortunately, few comfort foods are healthy. Most tend to be high in fat and calories, making them tough on the waistline.
Another reason for winter weight gain is reluctance—or even difficulty—getting outdoors for a walk or a trip to a senior center fitness class. Being stuck indoors can lead to more sedentary days, a contributing factor to weight gain and obesity.
If you are trying to avoid gaining weight this winter, we have some suggestions you might find helpful.
Maintaining a Healthy Weight during the Winter
If you are willing and able to brave the cold, we have a few ideas for you. Read this article to learn about five winter activities that can help you enjoy the fresh air while burning extra calories.