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FIRECOM
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11/4/12 9:12 A

Seasonaly Affected Disorder (SAD) is very common in the winter when there is little sun around.. It is easy to make (or buy) banks of color corrected flourescent tubes and sit in front of them for an hour or so every day. Yeah, I know, who has another hour to spare, but if it is needed for you, give it a try. I use either the tubes bent in a "U" shape or the 2 foot variety.



GINNABOOTS
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11/4/12 9:04 A

I feel the same way, but I read an article on SP that said to do jumping jacks or something to warm up before you go outside. It does work. I do not like the cold, but I am determined to keep with my running outside this winter instead of my treadmill. Just get warm clothes & warm up before you go out. You will love it once you get started.



MLAN613
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11/4/12 8:50 A

Basically, exercising is a choice no matter where you live. I live in Minnesota and we get winter. (Last winter was not much of a winter, though.) I will run outside when it gets to 20 F. You just have to dress for it. There are times when I think it's just too cold, like when it's below 0 F and there's a serious windchill. And then I take it inside to my gym. Or you can pop in a DVD or check out an SP video.



LINDA7668
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11/4/12 6:58 A

Yes, sun therapy lamps! I love mine!



JANIEWWJD
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11/4/12 1:47 A

Don't let the winter win.



KACEYSW
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11/4/12 1:34 A

You might want to consider a natural UV lamp that gives you some "real" sunlight to help with that.



SMOKYBLUE1
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11/3/12 11:12 P

Hi All,

I too am like a bear in Winter. Last year I made peace with old man winter and decided to embrace the cold and snow. I purchase cx skis and snow shoes. Well last year old man winter developed Dementia and had record warmth. I still went out and walk and at times went cx skiing or snow shoeing. I am hoping we have more snow and if not I have discovered biking in the cold.

Yes I do like warm weather better, but I live where it is cold six months of the year. For me I needed to find things to do to get past the dark cold months to stay healthy. I belong to the Y, but I love being outdoors.

The most important thing is to keep moving rather indoors or outdoors.



FATNOMORE4REAL
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11/3/12 10:39 P

Thank you so much for the support!!!

Yes, I live in FL, but not in south FL where is always hot. I live near Gainesville and we had had days in the 20's, no lies... Also, I am always cold, I wish so bad that AC was never invented... 72 degrees is cold for me...

I try as hard as I can not to miss a day, I walk in the afternoons or evenings if I missed a morning, or I would do one of my many exercise videos but, working out indoors do not keep me motivated and I need to do this for the rest of my life, so I am just looking for ideas to keep me going until my wonderful 90 degrees weather comes back...

By that way, I was not a morning person eight months ago, I actually hated to get up in the mornings any earlier than what was neccesary to get ready for work, but thanks to all of the great suggestions that I have read on these boards, little by little I make changes that got me where I am today..

Again, I want to thank you ALL for your help !!!!... emoticon



JULIA1154
Posts: 1,782
11/3/12 9:50 P

I know the shift of seasons is hard on most people. I turn into a carb-seeking machine when the days grow short and we get much less daylight.

I've found that inventing excuses to get outside helps - even if it's just for 10 minutes. Try to remind yourself that you know best what's good for your body and that the 'winter alien' trying to take over does NOT have your best interests in mind. Good luck!



LINDA7668
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11/3/12 6:58 P

I don't think it matters where you live. I live in Iowa and I'm still wearing shorts and t-shirts while my sister who lives 10 minutes away is dressing like it's the dead of winter.

I have the same issue- I want to hibernate and eat nothing but carbs. I force myself out of bed only because I have to go to work. Maybe you could try going to a mall and walking to get some exercise. I've found that if I stretch as soon as I get out of bed, I'm more motivated to get moving.

Good luck!!



LUANN_IN_PA
Posts: 15,543
11/3/12 2:48 P

IDK... up here in PA, where is actually IS cold, people are out walking and running everyday!

I see you live in Florida... it can't be THAT cold there, right?



MMEEAAGGX3
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11/3/12 2:31 P

I'm the same way, I get cold sooo easily so exercising outside scares me to a point! Is there anyway you could do your workouts indoors? That's why I resort to the treadmill, because at least it's warm and cozy!



FATNOMORE4REAL
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11/3/12 1:51 P

I have exercised for 62 straight days and my goal is no to miss a day for a whole year, my issue now is that as the weather is getting colder, it's getting harder and harder to get up in the cold mornings to exercise.

In the winter, I become like a bear, I want comfort food and a warm couch or bed.

Most days, I work out in the afternoon, but , I really need to keep my morning routing since it makes it a sure thing.

I have tons of videos and I do not mind working out indoors, I do however prefer walking outside since it really gets me going..

I swear, it is like my sheets are glued to my body and my bed becomes a trap..... emoticon

Any suggestions????

Thank you all in advance for your help



 
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