Season Affective Disorder (SAD) is quite a commonly experienced by people during the darker and colder months of the late autumn and winter seasons. Some symptoms can be a mild lacklustre feeling when the alarm goes off, to other, more serious and depressive mood swings. One way to help relieve SAD is to maintain routine of fitness going throughout the winter and try to avoid retreating into a more sedentary routine. That rush of endorphins you get from being active will help you to combat some of the negative feelings that come with the cold weather. Here are a few ideas to try.
Reinvigorate Your Workout
Always wanted to try martial arts? Got a secret desire to learn to tap dance? Now’s the time to give it a go. The winter is a good chance to explore new fitness classes and see what else there is to offer. Rather than mourning your late evening, balmy summer runs outdoors, use the winter to try something new and explore other boundaries. Book onto a new class, join an indoor sport or take up swimming. Frosty mornings don’t have to mean that you’re stuck in the house – think outside the box and get out of your comfort zone.
Get Ahead Of The Game
Instead of succumbing to wintery comfort food and gluing yourself to the sofa, the colder months are the perfect chance to get one step ahead. January the 1st is often too late to make serious resolutions about your fitness, and trying to get fit after a booze-fuelled Christmas can already put you on the back foot. Why not make your fitness resolutions in autumn? That way you’re 6am run on January 2nd won’t feel like such a horrible wrench. Another positive action is to start planning what challenges you might want to take part in next year. Set your goals early and then make up a fitness plan that will support your journey towards it.
Take In The Views
Autumn and winter are famously picturesque seasons. The stunning change in the trees from green to blazing orange, coupled with cool, clear nights and crisp air makes for a truly gorgeous setting to get fit. Take to the forests and woods or try out a new mountainous trail to really make the most of the beautiful backdrop. Despite the cold weather it’s the perfect time to be amongst nature, so if you’re a city-dweller take a weekend trip to the nearest countryside or national park. Whether you’re hiking, running, climbing or cycling – there are stunning views on offer that you won’t want to miss.
Enjoy Delicious Seasonal Treats
Good, warming and nutritious food can really help your mood during the colder, darker months and there are plenty of incredible seasonal recipes for you to sink your teeth in to that are totally virtuous. Make sure you make the most of the delicious root vegetables that will be in peak season – pumpkin is the obvious one, but there are more options that soup or pumpkin pie. Why not invite your friends over for a seasonal dinner party and show off your innovative dishes. Our favourite has to be Roast Pumpkin and Kale Lasagna, combining the delicious sweetness of pumpkin and the earthiness of kale for a deliciously different, comforting meal.
Get Some New Kit!
A new season means new kit – any excuse right? There’s nothing more motivating than breaking out a pair of box-fresh kicks or slinking into your gorgeous new Nike tights. If you want to keep exercising outside throughout autumn and winter then you need to layer up. Fingers, toes and noses are going to be red and raw if you don’t dress for the season – so think thermal base layers, neon elements and waterproof outer layers, and you’ll be ready to hit the road.