Use Exercise to Get Over the Winter Blues
Many men and women are affected by what’s called Seasonal Adjustment Disorder, or the winter blues. When there is little sunlight during the day and when you need to deal with snow and ice and freezing weather, it’s easy to get frustrated and downright depressed. Being cooped up in your house can also cause frustration and boredom, which in turn leads to more depression and feelings of anxiety.
To get over the winter blues, you want to try to get out of the house as much as possible. Take a class at night, or plan to get together with your friends as often as possible rather than just sitting at home watching television. Go out and play pool or darts, join a bowling league, or do volunteer work with friends to alleviate your depression and anxiety.
Another way to get over the winter blues is to exercise regularly and vigorously. Not only does this get you off the couch, it increases your metabolism, lowers your stress levels, and can help avoid winter weight gain. Consider each of these benefits when it comes to holding off the winter blues.
First, exercise gives you energy. Many people think that they need energy to exercise, but in truth, the more active you are, the more energy you have. Being active raises your metabolism and strengthens your heart and lungs, which in turn gives you energy. Often during the wintertime a person’s energy levels will drop because of the lack of sunlight and because they become inactive. By exercising regularly, they get more energy.
Exercise also released endorphins, those “feel good” chemicals and hormones that lift your mood. This can help you to fight off the winter blues and feel happier and healthier.
Being physically active during wintertime will also help you to avoid winter weight gain, a common problem with women especially. After holiday parties it’s not unusual to notice your clothes being more snug since you may have put on a few pounds. If you’re regular and vigorous about exercising, you can lose this weight and keep it off so you’re ready for bikini season once it arrives!
If running on a treadmill in a gym bores you and your weather won’t allow you to exercise outside, consider joining an exercise class to get you moving and get you active. You might try Zumba, which is a type of dance used for exercising. It’s fast paced and easy for anyone, and fun! Step aerobics is fast-paced and will help you burn calories, or you might sign up for a yoga or Pilates class to keep you out of the house and active throughout the winter.