Working out as a Cure to the Autumn Blues

| October 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Some refuse to believe it exists, others are immediately affected by its distinctive symptoms, but seasonal affective disorder is a real condition impacting 14% of the US population, with up to 6% suffering from severe winter and autumn blues. More severe SAD conditions are classified as forms of depression and warrant professional medical attention.

However, this does not mean that seasonal affective disorders cannot be treated naturally through comprehensive methods entailing a healthy diet plan along with complementary workout routines aimed at safeguarding your overall mental and physical health. Here is how working out can be a cure to the impending autumn blues and why you should embrace the fitness lifestyle.

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Supports long-term well-being

Productivity and mental clarity tend to decrease with the passing of summer, letting lethargy and melancholy slowly take over your body and mind. Researchers believe this is due to the decreased exposure to sunlight, and the inadequate amounts of vitamin D in our systems.

While the human body can produce vitamin D, adequate exposure to sunlight is necessary for stabilizing its levels. However, while pending research is yet to deliver the truth about the benefits of vitamin supplementation, we can turn to regular physical activity and its numerous long-term benefits for guidance and help.

Within a healthy body resides a healthy mind, and this age adage holds true to this day. Working out can help support numerous bodily processes, balancing your hormones, inducing the secretion of dopamine, decreasing cortisol levels and thus helping you maintain mental clarity, positivity, and vigor.

Keeping your body active

The importance of staying active throughout the year, no matter the season or the weather conditions, becomes even more apparent when the clouds and the cold start settling in, and the natural propensity to stay indoors begins to appear.

Not only should you fight the urge to become lazy and unproductive by spending plenty of time outside in the fresh air, you should also train harder than ever before, in order to instill a positive habit in your mind and body. Remember, a body in motion stays in motion.

Ensuring a good night’s sleep

The secretion of dopamine combined with muscle and nervous system fatigue after an exhilarating workout will set the stage for a night of productive, uninterrupted sleep. Unfortunately, mild insomnia is a common symptom of seasonal affective disorders, as your circadian rhythm is trying to compensate for the sudden change in climate and natural brightness during the day.

By turning off the TV, and heading straight to the gym from work, you will ensure a healthy end to a productive day. Alternatively, if you don’t have problems sleeping and instead have a hard time starting the day right, you can introduce a pre-work workout routine that will invigorate your senses and set the stage for a productive day ahead.

Preparing you for the real world

The benefits of physical exercise translate directly into the real world, helping you thrive in every aspect of your life whether it’s workplace productivity or your social life. Moreover, by strengthening your nervous and immune systems, maintaining a healthy metabolic state and increasing your muscle mass, you will be able to complete everyday tasks with vigor, health, and enthusiasm.

Bear in mind though that physical exercise in different seasons requires a slightly different approach. You don’t want to be training in your summer clothes as you might end up getting sick or injured due to the inadequate pressure and the lack of warmth in your joints. When training in autumn and winter, be sure you always wear proper weightlifting clothes that will keep you warm, dry, and flexible throughout your workout.

A sense of accomplishment

Finally, while many are not inclined to admit it, physical strength and appearance play a pivotal role in defining your level of confidence and self-appeal, while also developing a positive, winning mindset. Waking up in the morning to see a pleasing reflection in the mirror can be highly invigorating, making you feel powerful, able, and determined to conquer the day ahead.

Building a positive body image starts with introducing a training routine and increasing the intensity in order to make progress over time. Simply put, by feeling strong and looking great, you will be able to cure the autumn blues and pave the road to a year of health, positivity, and success.

Seasonal affective disorders are real conditions that can affect anyone, and even if you have never succumbed to its toxic charm before, it doesn’t mean that this year won’t be different. Be sure to utilize the power of physical exercise to elevate your quality of life and prevent SAD from ever trying to reach inside your mind, body, and soul.

Samantha Olivier

Samantha has a B.Sc. in nutrition, and has spent two years working as a personal trainer. Since then, she has embarked on a mission to conquer the blogospere. When not in the gym or on the track, you can find her on Twitter at @sam_olivier_, or in a tea shop.

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