Keeping fit over winter
There are numerous medical benefits for keeping a healthy and active lifestyle but did you know that keeping active over winter can be even more important for your mental health?
For some people, a case of the winter blues (that is generally associated with having less exposure to sunlight) can lead to a more serious condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which affects approximately 1 in 300 Australians each year. Whilst exercise alone may not prevent this condition (and we recommend that you speak to your doctor should you be concerned or experiencing symptoms), it has been proven that exercise can help with improving overall mood and reducing anxiety and depression.
While most people are aware of the physical benefits of exercise, some may be surprised to know that after just 10 minutes of aerobic exercise, the brain releases feel-good chemicals called serotonin and dopamine that can help reduce anxiety and depression. Just ten minutes a day of walking, running, cycling, swimming (or any other aerobic exercise for that matter) can help keep those winter blues at bay and improve your overall health. So if you’ve been braving the cold and keeping up your workouts in the gym this winter—keep it up! Or it you’ve taken a break but want to get back into a fitness routine, the best time is right now!
Give us a call on 6214 1281 or come in and see a member of our fitness team and we will work with you to achieve your health and fitness goals.