Beating the Post Holiday Blues

When the festivities are over and you’re feeling tired or blue, exercise can make a big difference.

by Melanie Stevenson
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There’s more to exercise than meets the eye. Sure, an active lifestyle keeps your heart healthy and joints functioning but did you know that it also gives your brain a boost?

What’s not to love about the holiday season? Most of us have some time off work and catch up with loved ones, usually over delicious food and drink. Tasty treats are lined up and quicker than you can say ‘pavlova’, all your good intentions can be thrown out of the window.

Exercise is also often overlooked during this period. It’s a bit too easy to find excuses to stay curled up in bed rather than pounding the pavement. And we all deserve a break every now and then, right?

Unfortunately, when the holiday season is over, we are flung back into the harsh reality of everyday life. This can be a drag, especially if you’re carrying around a few extra pounds and feeling lazy due to a lack of exercise.

According to clinical psychologist Jenny C. Yip, PsyD, ABPP, exercise help release endorphins which is the body’s ‘feel-good’ hormones. These hormones are responsible for keeping the mind calm and the body relaxed. In addition, exercise also increase the blood’s circulation in the brain which, in turn, improves your mood and attention.

Spending as little as 20 minutes a day on some moderate exercises can make all the difference in your life as it will help increase overall productivity and decrease the energy wasted from mental stress.

Enhanced self-esteem
When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. The feeling that follows a run or workout is often described as “euphoric”. That feeling, known as a “runner’s high”, can be accompanied by a positive and energising outlook on life. You feel good instantly and have a more positive self-image.

Decreased anxiety and stress
When endorphins are released, feelings of happiness are created. Studies have shown that exercise can alleviate symptoms in people who are clinically depressed. If you are feeling stressed about returning to work, a brisk walk, a group fitness class or yoga all help your body and your sense of wellbeing.
Boost brainpower. There’s more to a workout than the buff muscles because studies have shown cardiovascular exercise can help create new brain cells (neurogenesis) and improve overall brain performance to help keep your A game!

This boost in brain power also helps sharpen your memory which will gives you more brain space to learn something new! So why not try something new this 2019? Let’s live more and give ourselves the love we all deserve.

Improved sleep
Good sleep is necessary for optimal health. Chances are that you’ve had a few late nights during the holiday season and this will be contributing to the post-holiday blues. For some people, a moderate workout can provide the same effect as a sleeping pill – even for those with insomnia. Being active enables our bodies to operate on a cycle of work, rest, recover and can lead to improved sleep.

Endorphins are also produced when you laugh. Laughing with friends is the best medicine so why not double the endorphin kick and head to the gym with a friend. Research shows that the key to sticking with fitness is all about starting slowly and doing it with friends. It’s even easier if you start with a class, you are locked in for the duration with someone in charge to guide and motivate you!

We can help you to get in the routine of working out, lose any unwanted weight, strengthen your your mental game and find a new level of self confidence.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s start our 2019 with some love and a workout because a workout a day keeps the anxieties away! Grab a free 3 day pass for a friend HERE and see you soon!

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