We all hit that time of year here in Buffalo, New York where the 80 degree sunny days turn into blustery snow storms in the blink of an eye. This in turn results in that “funk” people get themselves in. Seasonal depression is real and we have a healthy fix that avoids drugs. The key here is EXERCISE!
A recent study found that the effects of exercise lasts longer than those of antidepressants. Furthermore, people that continued on with an exercise program were less likely to relapse back into depression. The reason? Exercise releases endorphins. Endorphins circulate throughout the body and reduce the perception of pain, boost immunity and improve mood. Alongside the mental benefits, exercise has major health benefits which your body will thank you for. Long story short, even if you are stuck inside for winter, crank out some jumping jacks or floor planks for roughly 30 minutes. There is no need to step outside to beat seasonal depression.