Seasonal Affective disorder (SAD is recognised as a form of depression that occurs in different seasons of the year. It is also known as winter depressions as it’s the most common season in which people may have symptoms of a persistent low mood, feeling lethargic and putting on weight, feeling of worthlessness and irritability and general lack of interest in every day life. Exercise can help with Seasonal Affective Disorder. One way to counter this could be through a regular fitness routine. Exercise is so important for our mental health as well as physical and therefore should be something to look towards to get you through winter. Many studies have been done that show people are far less likely to suffer from depression if they are physically active and participating in regular fitness sessions.

Why would exercise effect your mood?

Moderate to high intensity workouts have been shown to increase endorphins and serotonin in the body that will temporarily boost your mood. Getting exercise has been shown to be just as effective as taking anti-depressants as well as having a positive effect on your self esteem and sleep. Finding something you can consistently stick to is the right exercise for you. That may be fitness sessions with a personal trainer, walking running, swimming or pilates, the best choice is always going for something you enjoy. Exercise is also a great way to socialise and this can have an even greater effect on your mental health and overall experience.

How much is needed?

It is suggested that around 30 minutes of exercise each day or 4 hours per week is ideal for optimal physical health. This should include a variety of different ways to move your body and should include some weight bearing or resistance training activities.

Mindfulness focused exercise

This is an excellent idea when talking about mental health. Meditation and yoga are great for relaxing your mind, focusing on your breathing and leaving the world behind you. Just 25 minutes a day can help alleviate stress and other systems relating to SAD.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D will also play a part in mental well being as vitamin D is actually a hormone. This means it can affect your mood, energy levels and bone density. It is thought that 1/3 of adults in the UK are vitamin D deficient. Exercising outdoors in the summer months can be a great way to top up your vitamin D. Meanwhile, using a supplement though the winter is recommended as for 6 months of the year the sun is not strong enough to provide any vitamin D to your body.

Fast Track Fitness can help

Exercise can help with Seasonal Affective Disorder so having a session booked in each week can really help with your routine and keep exercising safe and fun! At Fast Track Fitness we have you covered! Based in Twyford near Winchester we offer Personal Trainers that can work with you over a number of training devices including Pilates, EMS training & Nutrition advice to help keep you on track this winter.

Fast Track Fitness, 1 The Cresent, Twyford, Winchester SO21 1NL