WINTER IS COMING!!!!
What stops us?
With summer well and truly on its way out of the yearly window, it’s safe to say in the words of the knight’s watch from game of thrones, “winter is coming”.
We may not have the white walkers to worry about (sorry to any reader who has not watched game of thrones, if so, stop reading this, watch it and prepare to get totally addicted) but we do have the ups and mainly downs that the weather, especially cooler climates can bring.
A 2008 study by Dennisen et al. found that temperature can affect mood. Whilst summer and higher temperatures could positively affect mood and lift depression, the cold, wet, wind and dark nights positively affected a lower mood and increased the chance of becoming more depressed.
Heard of Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.)? This is real and very common. It relates directly to mood and in some cases can lead to an onset of deep depression bought through the seasonal changes mainly in winter. However, there are cases of S.A.D. in people through the summer and spring and one particular study (Koskinen et al. 2002) showed a higher tendency of suicide by outdoor workers in spring and office workers in summer.
The season we are mainly concerned with in this blog is winter. There isn’t really one person I know who feels particularly excited by its onset and I for one must admit I feel the same. I even train some clients who get extremely low and admit that it’s due to the winter.
Symptoms of S.A.D. include oversleeping, increase of appetite, anxiety, sluggishness, social withdrawal and the one I am most concerned with, losing activities that were once enjoyed.
Exercise so often gets the boot in winter and it’s easy to see why. It’s dark, it’s cold and there is no way on earth you can enjoy the outdoors as much when it gets dark at 4 o’clock in the afternoon, is raining and the temperature on a good day doesn’t get over 9 degrees and at worst -11 with the old wind chill added in for good measure.
So why bother with training, right? It’s late after work, your tired, it’s dark, you need to pick up the kids from school, take the dogs out, get dinner ready, most probably do the washing from the morning and then supposedly get to the gym, negotiate the dark windy roads and then get all unwrapped from your cozy clothes and the comfort of that open fire and your corner sofa in the living room to train in what is likely to be an enclosed sweat pit, covered in indoor condensation due to the room full of people sweating and struggling with the same issues as you.
But it doesn’t need to be like this. There are some really goods tips I want to share over the next few weeks through my October blog to fully prepare you so you don’t lose the momentum and positivity you have made over the last few months. With this help, I can guarantee you will feel more confident and less apprehensive about becoming a goose fattening up for Christmas or maybe resembling something like the Christmas pudding!!