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With the holidays in full swing our lives can be busy, exciting and full of fun! Why then do the “winter blues” occur? During the winter months there are fewer daylight hours and lower temperatures (plus freezing temps) which affect our mood and mental state. We may begin to feel like hibernating, becoming anti-social, eating more comfort food and even feeling a bit more irritable. If you are thinking you are the only one feeling this way…think again.
Recent research on behavior therapy from the University of Vermont supports that 10% of people in the Northern States experience full-blown Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), with depressed mood, anxiety, irritability, fatigue, carbohydrate-craving, and weight gain or loss. Another 30 percent experience sub-syndrome SAD, a low-grade version of seasonal depression. The good news is there are a variety of things we can do to stay ahead and motivated to beat those winter blues! EXERCISE: Another great reason to get up and get moving! I cannot stress enough the importance that exercise has on our bodies. Most of the time it is considered something to be done to lose or maintain weight, however when you exercise you also improve your mood by elevating serotonin. Exercise is a triple threat: you will rev up your metabolism, create more energy for yourself throughout the day and increase your disposition. Here are three examples of activity that can be done anywhere and at any time to give you a little pick me up:
• P OWER KICK – kick right leg forward while punching left arm; repeat 10x’s, then switch leg and arm. Higher kick, higher intensity. • S PEED SKATER – alternate legs back and across in a speed skater motion. Use your arms and hops to increase intensity. Do 10 reps each leg. • P OWER PUSHUP – pushup position with hands on supported chair, as you pushup lift one leg, repeat other leg, hop both legs in and jump straight up (burpee) Increase intensity by doing pushup position on the floor
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You want to eat to live, not live to eat. During those cold winter months, comfort food is a common choice. By selecting meal components from complex carbohydrates (oatmeal, brown rice, veggies and fruits) instead of the starchy, comfort, refined and processed foods (white foods; sugar, flour, rice), your blood sugar and energy levels will stay steady. Limit or avoid high fat foods as well. This will help your mood and give you that get-upand-go feeling. Additionally, try and drink at least 8 cups of water a day and avoid binge drinking. Water can increase your energy level where alcohol can decrease it. Alcohol is a depressant, and if consumed in excess (more than 5 drinks daily) it can worsen your mood.
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SUN AND SOCIALIZE: Studies show that sunlight can improve your mood by elevating neurotransmitters in your brain. With shorter days and months (not to mention those freezing temperatures) it can make it harder to get outside to get enough daylight. During those daylight hours, open the blinds in your home to let as much light in. Also, use a full- spectrum or standard CFL bulbs to mimic daylight inside. Social support can also be a ray of sunlight. Family, friends and neighbors can lift your spirits and shed some light when you are feeling down. Keep those positive and uplifting people within your reach of a phone call or email for words of encouragement. Be prepared to take care of you. My wish for you is that you have a happy and healthy holiday season! Yours in Health, Deb Gray BS Exercise Science, IFPA Pro Masters and Open Figure, PNBA Pro Figure and Fitness Model, Mrs. America Fitness 2001, Mrs. Nebraska 2001
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In this month's newsletter, find out how to beat the winter blues with helpful tips on your exercise and meal plans from Complete Nutrition.