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Wednesday, November 19th, 2008 SAD

Seasonal Affective Disorder commonly known as (SAD) effects over half a million people per annum. It’s that time of year whereby days get shorter and darker.

Sufferers of the above are likely to suffer depression, fatigue and even cravings for carbohydrates.

Thus to get a natural high is key. There are different methods of approach. Crucially exercise is often one of the first things to fall by the wayside when the winter blues strike, but can go a long way towards boosting your mood in the short and medium term.

As anyone who works out regularly knows, being active gives you a natural high through a combination of adrenalin, endorphins and oxygen being released in greater quantities in your body. Add in the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is generated in increased amounts through exercise, and you have a natural chemical pick-me-up.

Notably exercise also keeps your immunity levels high, so you are also less likely to succumb to colds, coughs and bugs.

Making the most of the limited day light is also vital focus on working out at lunchtime or at any other spare time you have during the day. 30 minutes at a lower intensity, preferably outdoors, can be fantastic.

Working out alongside others often improves motivation, knowing that others are relying on you is often just the spur you need to stop slipping into inactivity.

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