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Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Motivation Tips In Winters

  1. Plan outdoor events that get your heart rate up. Skiing is an activity that beginners and experts can enjoy, and it works muscles that you probably don't usually use. Other ways to get more rigorous exercise is to go on hikes in the woods with friends or jog up and down your street. Just remember to wear insulating clothing.
  2. Limit the amount of television you watch, because it's easy to get comfortable on the couch and eat all of your groceries. Put on the radio instead to keep you entertained while you pay the bills and clean the house.
  3. Eat well balanced meals to keep up your energy level. Avoid eating too many carbohydrates and sugars, because these are comfort foods , which can be enticing. Have oatmeal for breakfast and a warming tea with your lunch and dinner. Drinking water throughout the day instead of soda can keep you hydrated too.
  4. Wake up in the morning and open the blinds or turn on some lights to brighten the room. Too often people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Symptoms of SAD include depression, lethargy, over sleeping and overeating comfort foods like carbohydrates and sweets. Some remedies for SAD involve getting outside in the fresh air, taking St. John's Wort as an herbal anti-depressant to enhance your mood and light therapy options. Light therapy (photo therapy) involves sitting by a light therapy box, which uses full-spectrum lights (comparable to sunlight). The light is meant to mimic sunlight, so it will cause a biochemical change in the brain by reducing the production of melatonin. Melatonin is produced during your sleep cycle or when the environment is dark, but when an above normal amount is produced, it can cause the symptoms of SAD. Another remedy is to exercise, because it causes your body to release endorphins. This boost of energy can relieve the symptoms of lethargy and keep up your metabolism.
  5. Stay in good company. Sometimes it helps to do your errands or exercises with friends and family. Just make sure that you don't pick a person who is going to persuade you to skip out on your kick boxing classes. If you don't have someone to support you, join a gym and attend a yoga, pilates or cycling class. This can help get you out of the house too, and sometimes it's getting out of the house that is the hardest part of winter.

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