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Shake the Winter Blues with These Exercise Tips

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 12/21/17 9:00 AM

Winter blues – often referred to as "Seasonal Affective Disorder" – is a very real phenomenon that affects between six to 14 percent of the U.S. population each year. Some of the most common symptoms of the winter blues include lethargy, irritability and even depression. While cold, dreary weather can make anyone want to curl up on the couch and go on a Netflix binge, it's not the best route to take if you're looking to maintain good physical and mental health throughout the winter season. Try the following exercise tips instead to help you lift your spirits and shake those winter blues.

1. Crank up those exercise DVDs.

If facing the blustery wintry weather is giving you second thoughts about heading out the door to go to the gym, why not work out from the comfort of your own home with the help of an exercise DVD (or two)? All you have to do is clear a little floor space and press the "play" button, and you're in business. If your current exercise DVD collection isn't all that motivating, consider swapping them out with some DVDs from a friend, or even purchasing a couple of new ones to provide you with some fresh ideas. If you're simply "all DVD-ed out," there are plenty of exercise videos on YouTube that you can tap into to provide you with some much-needed variety for your workouts.

2. Seize the (sunny) day.

Not every winter day is going to offer stellar weather, which is why it's all the more important to capitalize on those mild or sunny days whenever they occur. Take that opportunity to head outside for a nice walk, jog, trail hike, bike ride, etc., and soak in the generous amounts of Vitamin D offered by the outdoor sunlight. There's something about spending time out in the sun that can boost your mood and reinvigorate your body. If temperatures are a little chilly, make it a point to bundle up, but don't pass up an opportunity to exercise outdoors on fair-weather days during the winter season.

3. Go for an indoor swim.

Most of us instinctively rule out swimming during the cold months, but when you have access to an indoor pool, you can enjoy the water year-round! Swimming is one of the most beneficial exercises in existence, because it works your entire body, strengthens your lungs, improves cardiovascular health, and burns calories to boot. At Five Seasons Family Sports Club, we keep our indoor pool at a very comfortable 83 degrees, making it the perfect place to get in a few laps even on a frigid day.

4. Try a group workout.

Even the most staunch individualists among us need a little encouragement every now and then, and a great place to find it is in a group workout environment. Whether you choose to try your hand at yoga, pilates, spinning, or aerobics, Five Seasons offers top-notch group fitness classes that can help you stave off those winter blues, and enjoy the company of like-minded people while you're at it!

5. Get your (video) game face on.

Some of the most fun and engaging forms of indoor exercise are video games that require physical movement, such as the Just Dance series for Xbox, or Zumba Fitness for Nintendo Wii. With engaging visuals, challenging workouts and fun music, you can improve your mood while logging in an excellent sweat session. You don't have to resign yourself to the cold weather doldrums. Use the ideas outlined above to help you keep those winter blues at bay!

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