Get Moving!

When the weather gets below freezing it is hard get motivated to stay physically active. I know, the couch always sounds much better me too. But, winter is the most important time to stay active and get outside!

Staying active and getting natural sunlight will decrease your chances of winter weight gain and Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. SAD is a disorder that causes depression to some individuals during a certain time frame, such as fall and winter. During winter months, we tend to get less sunlight, which may disrupt our circadian rhythm (or internal clock). Reduced sunlight can cause a decrease in serotonin and melatonin levels, affecting your mood and sleep patterns. To help prevent this from occurring, you can get natural sunlight or you can purchase a 10,000 Lux energy light lamp (that is the most inexpensive one I have found online). You can use this light within the first hour of waking to help balance your circadian rhythm. You can also go for a walk outside, which is free! Another very important prevention tip is PHYSICAL ACTIVITY!!!!

How do you stay active and get movement during the winter? Use the same ways that you stay active during the summer. During work, take the stairs, walk the long way to the bathroom, go for a 15 minute walk before or after you eat lunch. If you start to feel tired, instead of grabbing for something sugary, get up and walk around. Whether you are at work or at home, set an alarm for every 20 minutes to get up and walk around or to do 25 jumping jacks. Clean, do laundry, play with pets or kids. JUST MOVE!!!! 😊

 

Resources
https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/seasonal-affective-disorder/index.shtml
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3020104/