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How To Stay Active and Combat the Winter Blues

UPDATED December 2013

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill


Even though the darker, shorter and colder days this time of the year can make you feel lethargic, there are simple ways to boost your energy during the winter months.

Start your day with a glow! Exposure to bright light when waking up will help motivate you to get moving first thing in the morning. If the bedside lamp won`t cut it, try purchasing a light box. They mimic outdoor lighting, making it easy to stay awake when the alarm goes off during those dark winter mornings. Generally speaking, you can either purchase a light therapy box at a medical supply store or order it online without a prescription. For those night owls who are more productive in the evening, light therapy may work best after sunset.

Make it a point to get involved in social activities. Once you find a daily or weekly activity you enjoy, it will be easier to get out of the house more often. This could include signing up for a fitness class at the local gym, joining a local club or organization or volunteering at a local animal shelter or hospital.

Keep the body moving! Exercising can be a good mood enhancer and can sharpen your mental health. Find an aerobic activity you enjoy and schedule it at regular times so it becomes part of your routine. On the contrary, only working out from time-to-time can have the opposite affect and cause you to become tired and sore. Consistent exercise also will help keep off those holiday pounds.

Eat the right foods and branch out with different produce and vegetables! Salmon and sardines are rich with Omega-3s, which can help alleviate the winter blues. Pomegranate seeds are high in polyphenols that help fight inflammation. Mix them into oatmeal to add more flavor and crunch.

A few other fruits are tasty in the winter. Kiwi contains plenty of immunity-boosting Vitamin C. Persimmons are rich in antioxidants that can help control diabetes. They are good served with fresh mozzarella. Guava is a good winter fruit because it contains an antioxidant that helps prevent coronary artery disease. Also, it might be good to take a multi-vitamin to get the nutrients you don`t get in your daily food intake.

By tweaking your daily routine, getting involved more outside of the house and eating properly the winter months can be much more enjoyable and easier to get through.

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