Does seasonal change affect your health?

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As the autumn leaves of red and gold drift by the window, you know it is time to start incorporating your autumn-winter health and fitness plan.

 

Seasons are the natural global earth clock and the rhythm of the world. The earth’s rotation is the life of the earth, the wind is its breath, temperature it’s energy and beings its products. Everyone knows the seasons, but few people know their effects on the body and mind and their prevention.

Seasonal change impacts our mood, health, sleep and general behavior in some very stormy ways.

From the flu, cravings for sweets and starchy foods, weight gain, heavy feelings in the arms or legs, depression and a drop in energy to fatigue, oversleep, concentration difficulties, hopelessness and constant agitation and anxiety, this typically begins as the days become shorter and peaks in mid-winter. With an increase in carbohydrate loading, which is common during the holidays, it makes for an unhappy season. There’s a link between the quantity of sunlight available to us during this time of the year and our biological performance.

It’s difficult for some to find the energy and the time for walking in a winter wonderland. Talking it out to think more accurately and positively, antidepressant medication to regulate serotonin, spending more time outdoors in the sunlight, and moderate amounts of carbohydrates can all help.

Sticking to our fitness routines during this time of the year can be a major challenge; whether it’s due to the flu, frigid outside temperatures, the common cold, sleep difficulties or just a general lack of time. It may well be the most difficult time of year to stay on top of fitness and health, but it’s also the time we need it most.

How can you keep your fitness at its peak when you need it most during these shorter days and longer nights?

Can do attitude; Think of the advantages you have by reaching your fitness goals this time of year.

Autumn-winter workout; With suitable layered clothing, adequate fluid levels, outdoor exercises such as; cycling, hiking, walking on mountain paths or just around the block can be revitalizing.

Indoor workouts; Do not avoid exercise due to cold weather, you can do indoor exercises such as; pushups, chair dips, squats and lunges. You even get Pilates and other DVD workout routines that you can use.

Health; A balanced diet is essential for good health. Ignore the cravings and avoid unhealthy foods. Follow through with that diet to benefit from it when summer comes.

More infants with diabetes are born during spring and early summer. Diseases, hormone changes and nutritional or environmental factors are all possible causes for this.

Winter is the season for colds and influenza and like humans; bacteria and viruses prefer a warm climate. Germs love the moisture and hate the effect of the sun’s radiation. We tend to spend more time indoors where the germs can accumulate.

Hot summer temperatures often signals outbreaks of food poisoning.

By following a healthy eating and exercising plan you can kick the autumn-winter blues to the curb.

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