Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Beat the Winter Blues

Ok not all of us like the winter, training on the treadmill cause it is dark out at 4:30 am, to cold to ride, or icy, swimming is indoors unless you go to the islands. Well as hard as it is try these three simple remedies.

Exercise. When you're feeling down, you may be tempted to just plop on the couch and stare at the TV. But that's the last thing you should do. Exercise helps to energize you, release stress, and it elevates your mood.
Eat right. Healthy eating habits can boost your mood. Include plenty of complex carbs (whole grains, fruits, vegetables) in your diet for a long-lasting energy boost; and avoid refined and processed foods, which can cause your blood sugar to spike and drop and can sap your energy.
Step outside. I know it's cold outside, but a little daylight will do you a world of good. Bundle up and go for a short walk. Even simply opening the blinds and letting the sunlight in your living room or office can help, too.