It's already evident that when cold weather comes along, hibernation mode soon follows. A 2011 Gallup poll confirmed that Americans steadily eat worse and exercise less during the fall and winter months. In November, only 49.8% of adults reported exercising for at least 30 minutes three or more times a week, compared with 50.5% the previous year. Only 54.7% of Americans reported eating five or more servings of fruits and veggies at least 4 days a week in November, down from a high of 57.8% in July and the lowest recorded for that month in any prior year, including in November 2008 during the financial crisis.
Given these trends, the seasonal "fat creep" seems inevitable—but it doesn't have to be. You can fight back with these simple steps to rev up your metabolism. Read on for 10 ways to stoke up calorie burn in January and beyond. (Low temperatures shouldn't keep you from staying fit—for cold-weather fitness advice, see our Winter Workout Tips.)