It’s safe to say that Winter has well and truly set in! It’s no secret that the colder weather can be de-motivating….. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can affect many people and one of the best ways to combat this is fresh air, exercise and being social. You NEED to force yourself out of your rut!! Do something for yourself this winter- don’t be afraid of a little bit of cold air!!
Winter is a great time to get outdoors….. below are some of benefits of winter walking:
In the warmer months you are more prone to dehydration when exercising… as the mercury rises, so does your body temperature and with a bit of physical exertion it can be quite taxing on your system. Exercising in the cooler months is invigorating- rugging up and letting your body heat do the warming in the fresh air is one of the best ways to elevate your energy levels!
The Australian landscape can get pretty sunburnt in Summer….. fields turn to brown, the waterfalls and river dry up and the trees to wilt a bit. In winter everything comes to life, and autumn/winter provides some of the prettiest colours in nature you never knew existed.
As mentioned, Seasonal Affective Disorder can affect everyone- the drop in natural light as we all huddle around our tv’s and turn on the heating can wreak havoc on our serotonin levels. Getting outside and getting fresh air into your lungs, blood pumping around your body and some exposure to natural light is a guaranteed way to bust those winter blues.
The urge to hibernate in Winter can be pretty strong…… we tend to be much less social in the colder months (who wants to be walking around the streets to meet a friend after work in freezing weather??). This lack of socialising can also contribute to that ‘down in the dumps’ feeling and a severe case of the ‘can’t be bothereds’. Getting together with people and going for a walk is a great way to get out of isolation and rejoin society!
So we urge you get off the couch, dust off your shoes and come and join us on one of our walks! Grab a friend or come by yourself and make some new ones. There is a lot of fun to be had in winter if you just step outside of the house and your comfort zone.