8 Ways To Beat The Winter Blues

The winter days are shorter so there’s less time for your usual fitness routine around work. “Winter Blues” is an actual condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). What can you do if you’re feeling the affects?

  1. Keep Active – I don’t need to explain how moving your body all year round is beneficial for your health. Try to fit it in during the day. Perhaps a lunchtime walk, in the daylight or adding in incidental exercise such as taking the stairs or parking further from the door.
  2. Get Outside – While the warmth of a cosy fire (or heatpump) appeals to stay indoors, it can also make you feel sleepy & lethargic. So wake up and get outdoors. Once you’re moving, you’ll find it’s not as bad as you thought (unless it’s in the middle of a hailstorm!) Plus you need to get what Vitamin D fix you can in winter as you’re not outdoors as much as you are in Summer.
  3. Keep Warm – It’s been shown that staying warm can reduce the winter blues by as much as half! A great way to get warm is to sweat it out with a great gym session or class such as HIIT, Spin or Yoga. Plus you’ll get those ever-important endorphins rocking!
  4. Eat Healthily – Ensuring you keep up your vegetable intake helps with weight management, helps kick carb cravings & provides you with energy. A healthy diet will help boost your mood. If you’re feeling better in the gut, your brain will feel better too.
  5. Try Something New – Pick up a new hobby to help keep your mind active. Ask those around you what they do & give it a go!
  6. Get Social – Interaction, fun & laughter is an instant mood-booster. Go to events. Show up, even if it’s just for a while. A great way to catch-up is to partner up with someone for your workouts – that’s a double-whammy mood buster!
  7. Talk To Someone – If the dark days are getting you down, reach out and talk to someone about it. A problem shared is a problem halved! Your mental health is equally as important as your physical health.
  8. Smile! Not only will it instantly boost your mood, you’ll boost the moods of others around you. It’s simple, quick method to help you feel better.

If you’d like to discuss anything above, please get in touch with the team at MVP Training & we’ll be happy to help!

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