Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.
The head lemur in the movie Madagascar sang, “I like to move it, move it” and I couldn’t agree with him more. Exercise has numerous health benefits some of which directly impact SAD i.e. Seasonal Affective Disorder. Exercise can help to alleviate stress and anxiety. It has also been said to ease the symptoms of depression. See brief article at The Mayo Clinic.
While exercise and physical activity won’t ‘cure’ SAD it will certainly help boost your mood making SAD a little more manageable. When traveling at home or abroad during the long nights and short days of winter tour your destination on foot during daylight hours. The walk will do your body and mind good; and drinking in the sunlight as you walk will have a positive effect on the brain chemicals that affect mood. Peruse the travel bureau at your destination to find opportunities to try an outdoor winter sport: snowboarding; snowshoeing; skiing.
photo: Banff, Canada
credit: Kimberley, the Itinerant Introvert
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