The clocks went back an hour at the weekend, and this brought darker evenings. Along with Winter comes the Winter blues, which is also known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). It can affect people of any age, including children. Symptoms of SAD are similar to other forms of depression, including feelings of hopelessness, lack of concentration, and social withdrawal. Other signs of the Winter blues include craving carbohydrates, sleeping more than usual, and having little motivation.
Now I just want to say that I’ve never been much of a gym bunny. To be honest I can’t think of anything worse than going to the gym seeing sweaty bodies grunting and straining away, I would rather go on walks, or hikes out in the fresh air. Don’t get me wrong, if going to the gym is your thing, I have nothing against it, it’s just not my cup of tea.
I have friends who are proper hardcore gym bunnies, going to classes at least one a day sometimes two! Spinning away on their little bikes. Good for them getting something out of it. In fact I do admire their commitment to keeping fit and active. I do wish sometimes I had more time to get out and get active myself, but it’s not possible with a clingy 16 month old at the moment and other work commitments.