Winter makes you a pessimist.
In the end, the solution to fighting holiday weight-gain always comes down to eating healthfully and getting your body moving. Sure, the short days may have you down, and the newest season of your favorite guilty-pleasure show might be tempting, but try to ignore the problems and focus on what could go right if you simply walk around the block without even stopping to think about why you don’t feel like it. “I like to say the worst part about winter is the complaining,” says Ross. “You go outside and you find a way to appreciate it.” The air is cleaner, trails are less crowded, and it’s an opportunity to find a seasonal pastime that is even more restorative than snacking on the couch.