Say Hello to the Gym and Goodbye to Winter Blues — Sally Writes

The Following is an article written by guest author Sally Writes.  I hope you enjoy her advice and information!

With Jack Frost nipping at your nose, do you find yourself feeling down? If you find it hard to wake up during the winter months, or feel anxious and depressed around the time of snow, you may be suffering from the Winter Blues.


As a form of Seasonal Affective Disorder, the winter blues manifests in the form of low mood, depression, and exhaustion that is associated with the lack of sunlight. It’s extremely common across the world, but you don’t have to let it win the battle. Instead, you can fight back with one of the most powerful weapons of all: exercise. No matter who you are or what your current fitness level is, exercise can help you fight against the symptoms of the winter blues.


Exercise To Spruce Up Your Days


Although getting out of bed and going to the gym may seem like the last thing you want to do, it can really do wonders for your physical and mental health. It can boost the production of “feel good” hormones. These hormones fight against depression and make us feel happier. Taking your exercise outdoors can also reduce stress levels, reduce anxiety, and improve our outlook on life. By being active we are also losing weight which can boost our self-esteem and help us to feel happier and healthier.


Exercises to Start Your Battles


Now that you know the benefits of exercise during the winter, check out some of these exercises that will help you during your battle.


·  Walking: According to a Harvard study, walking fast for about 35 minutes a day, five times a week, or 60 minutes a day for three times a week, improved symptoms of mild to moderate depression. If you can exercise under bright lights at the gym or at a track, you can further improve your mood.


·  Dancing: Psychology Today that dancing can release endorphins that reduces stress and wards off symptoms of the winter blues. Dancing also increases cognitive abilities and promotes mental clarity, which can help you strengthen the brain against its fight with depression.


· Skiing or Snowboarding: One way to improve your mood during winter is to embrace the cold. Take advantage of the snow and head to the slopes. Skiing or snowboarding not only provides the benefits of physical fitness, but also helps you to embrace the change in temperature. When you embrace the cold, you change your mind’s perspective of its negative impact and turn it into a positive experience.


So, what are you waiting for? Exercising through the winter can help keep you fit, energized, and happy. You simply need to get out on the battlefield and take down those winter blues.