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Here in Chicagoland, the sun has taken a nice long vacation. I'm thinking maybe it got lost and that I should go find it and bring it back...a little sunshine can certainly help keep you going during the dark days of January when many of us are feeling a little blue. Or, as my sister said so succinctly, "I hate January."

Aside from keeping hope alive that spring will come, one thing you can do to lift your mood is exercise. Even a little activity can help elevate your mood and I've put together just a few ideas to help you get moving:

  • Take a walk. Walking can be its own little meditation and meditation has been proven to reduce stress. Walking is so rhythmic and automatic that you don't have to concentrate on what you're doing. Once you get your body moving, you can let your mind roam free and work through your bad mood.
  • Work up a sweat. A good, hard cardio workout is a great way to burn off tension and get some endorphins pumping through the system. Even if it's just a short workout, try really working up a sweat to turn your mood around.
  • Relax with some stretching. While hard workouts are my favorite for working through a gloomy mood, there's nothing like a quiet moment with the body and the mind. If you're tense, an easy stretching workout is a great way to take a mental vacation from the doldrums and focus on feeling good.

Do you have any tips for getting through the winter blues? If so, leave a comment and tell us about it!

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January 11, 2008 at 6:12 pm
(1) Roller Skate! says:

Have a girls night or couples night at the roller rink! It’s 1)FUN, 2)COMING BACK! 3)Nostalgic 4)Simple 5)Burns SO many calories!

January 11, 2008 at 9:07 pm
(2) Michael Murphy says:

Stretching often leaves me depressed,
I have stopped stretching and no more muscle pain. I think stretching often leaves me with muscle pain.
Who knows Michael

January 12, 2008 at 10:44 am
(3) Kim says:

Since I have been exercising about five days a week with both cardio and circuit training workouts, I have noticed my mood and outlook has increased. Exercise is better than any medication.

January 12, 2008 at 1:43 pm
(4) Esther says:

What exersise do you suggest for someone with bad knees?

January 12, 2008 at 5:51 pm
(5) Joanne says:

I’ve also found that whatever I am doing – working up a good sweat, going for a walk, or even just stuck inside vaccuuming and mopping floors – energetic music is my key to a better mood. My favorite tunes make me smile and help me put a little more “zing” in my step. Even if I am just vaccuuming. :)

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