Exercise & Depression
If you tend to feel a bit blue during the winter months, you are not alone. Rates of depression increase during the winter, including people who suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). In fact, recent findings suggest that the severity of eating disorder symptoms for bulimia peak in the Fall & Winter months.
2. Many schools open their gyms up to the community for walking programs so check a local school.
3. Turn up the music and dance. A friend lost 19# by doing this for 60 minutes a day with her kids.
4. Take family night to another level with a game like Wii Fit.
5. Use a pedometer and make your own records for as many steps in a single day.
6. Get outside in any season: In the summer, go for walks, hike a new trail, go for a bike ride, kayak, canoe, swim. In the fall, do your own color tour – bring your camera and walk through the beautiful colors. In the winter, ski – downhill can be expensive but if you already have the equipment night skiing is cheaper, cross-country skiing is a great work out, go ice skating, slide down a hill in a toboggan – climbing up the hill is great exercise, go snow shoeing, have a snowball fight, build a snowman. In the spring, take a walk to see all the flowers and trees budding and waking up from their winter slumber.
7. Take work breaks: 30 min at lunch, 15 min in the morning and afternoon. Other people get a smoke break, right?
8. Commercial Break Competitions: Do some routines with hand held weights (or improvised wts from filled water bottles). March, climb stairs, do jumping jacks, push ups, etc.
9. Play like your kids and with your kids. Get down on the ground with them, do somersaults, climb, run, skip, jump, play tag, toss and chase a ball. Have Fun!
10. Join a club or team.