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Norwalk, CT | Added on January 24, 2013 At 09:41 PM

"If your normal workout is outside and you know it's going to be bad weather, have a plan B."

Freezing temperatures and cold winds pose as major obstacles to staying healthy during the winter season. Members of the Norwalk Department of Health say during this time of year people tend to not only get less exercise but also eat unhealthy.

"I think it's just the gloominess of it. There is a sort of seasonal depression disorder, which everyone kind of experiences. You know, its four o'clock and its dark and you just don't feel like going to the gym. You'd just rather stay at home and eat something warm that isn't necessarily healthy."

Those who attended a session of Healthy Resolutions at the Norwalk Public library Thursday night say battling the frigid weather is one of the biggest challenges.

"The hardest part I think is getting out the door because it's cold and I know it's cold and now I have to warm up my car, and that's less time I have to be at the gym and then still get home and shower and get to work. " -Nora Thompson-Perry Norwalk Resident

"I haven't been out there since the new year started. It just seems like a lot to go in and out of the gym, change clothes, get all sweaty and then stay healthy during flu season and all."

Department of Health associates say if the weather hinders you from going outdoors there are many ways to exercise in the comfort of your own home.

"The thing is you can do things at your house. Put a pedometer on, you can do it while you're watching TV, while you're on the telephone. Walking is essential. Thirty minutes of walking everyday reduces your risk of heart disease."

With Valentines day only a few weeks away, experts say to be cognizant of holiday sweet temptations.

"It's okay to have that valentines day chocolate but just know just because you had that chocolate, don't fall off the wagon. So you can have that chocolate but maintain your healthiness for the duration of the day or the week."

Experts say the best way stay motivated is to try different types of exercise and to set realistic goals in terms of diet.

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