Exercise is a great way to fight the potential of holiday depression. Being active for 30 minutes a day can make a tremendous difference in your emotional health. Studies have shown exercise:
-Releases feel-good brain chemicals that may ease depression (endorphins)
-Reducing immune system chemicals that can worsen depression
-Increases body temperatures, which may have a calming effect
Suggestions for how to squeeze in 30 minutes of exercise during this hectic time of year:
-Set small daily goals and aim for daily consistency rather than perfect workouts.
-It’s better to walk every day for 15-20 minutes than to wait until the weekend for a three-hour fitness marathon.
-Distract yourself with an iPod, iphone, ipad, etc. to download audiobooks, podcasts, or music. Many people find it’s more fun to exercise while listening to something they enjoy.
-Recruit an “exercise buddy.” It’s often easier to stick to your exercise routine when you have to stay committed to a friend, partner, or colleague.
-Visit the Vitality Fitness Center for FREE! Check out the current class schedule or jump on the treadmill.
-Exercising in increments of 5 or 10 minutes adds up! Take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk a few laps around your office or do a few squats at your desk.