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Feeling SAD? How to beat the blues

How staying active can help alleviate Seasonal Affective Disorder symptoms

Don’t throw your running shoes away for winter; exercise can help combat the symptoms of SAD

Exercise can help improve the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder, a mental disorder which affects over 2 million people in the UK each winter.

When Summertime ends on Sunday October 30, that means an hour’s less daylight in the evenings. The lack of light may lead individuals to experience SAD symptoms such as depression, anxiety, fatigue and hunger. But there are ways to combat the winter blues, such as staying active.

Andy Edwards, owner of Dragon CrossFit gym, explains why exercising helps alleviating SAD symptoms: “Exercise promotes the release of endorphins which in turn can battle the effects of SAD.”

Edwards goes on to suggest team sports, that can make individuals feel a sense of achievement, and recommends spending as much time as possible outdoors.

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