(Closed) Excersise and mood lagging- Darker and colder outside! HELP!

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Seashells7:  A bright headlamp and/or a running buddy would be good for the night runs. Also, if you get breaks at work, try to get in your workout then.  Eat lunch at your desk and go for a run during lunch break instead.  This will get you outdoors in the sunshine and help stave off the seasonal depression.  If you can’t take a full 30-45 minutes, try and get outside for a couple 10 minute walks during the day.  Even if it’s not a full workout, it will help you get outside.  Maybe you could get to work 15 minutes earlier and get in a walk/jog before you hit the desk.  Also, see if there is a local running club/group; maybe they meet after work during the week so that you would have a built in group to run with.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@inspiredcreations:  Agree with everything she said- especially about getting a buddy. Does your Fiance run? Even if he doesn’t, maybe you could get him to come with you- cite safety reasons and maybe he wants to shape up a bit for the wedding too! Also make sure you bring your phone, and you can get pepperspray in small containers.

I live in a city so there are lit paths that I can run on at night, but I make sure that I am wearing clothing that has reflective elements on it and I never listen to music when I am running at night so I can be more aware of my surroundings. Definitely get a headlamp (probably one with a strap that goes over the top of your head as well as around it to reduce bouncing) if you are running in an unlit area.

When you get home DO NOT let yourself sit down or start snacking. You have to keep up the momentum, change, and get out the door. Getting out the door is always the hardest part! I use nike+ and I find tracking my runs helps motivate me (there are lots of other ways- garmin, runkeeper, dailymile, mapmyrun).

I’ve also found that having nice workout clothes helps with my motivation. Last January I splurged and bought a gorgeous lululemon jacket and I found that I love to wear it so much that it actually helps me get out there! They don’t make it anymore because it was a fall ’11 model but it is similar to this: http://shop.lululemon.com/products/clothes-accessories/women-jackets-and-hoodies/Run-Gust-Buster-Jacket?cc=9732&skuId=3456779&catId=women-jackets-and-hoodies and this: http://shop.lululemon.com/products/clothes-accessories/women-jackets-and-hoodies/Run-Nothin-But-Run-Jacket?cc=0001&skuId=3457600&catId=women-jackets-and-hoodies

Also, I love these tights for cold and windy days: http://store.nike.com/us/en_us/?l=shop,pdp,ctr-inline/cid-1/pid-414582

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@Seashells7:  

@inspiredcreations:  

I’m having the same issue  :/  I’m going to Nicaragua in January for 3 weeks and still, the motivation of wearing a bikini isn’t quite enough to conquer my laziness about running in the dark & cold.  I’ve been doing some Jillian Michaels videosat home which are a pretty damn good workout (I particularly like “banish fat boost metabolism” – 45 minutes long).  

Running at lunch is a great idea and one I need to motivate to do!  Thanks inspiredcreations!

Also, Seashells, is it really only light at 7:30?  I bet it’d be light enough to get out for a run at 7 and still have time to go to work at 8:30.  (I’m one to talk though – I’ve done this exactly once this fall…)

Good luck!  I’m up for motivating each other if you are!

ETA: The other problem with running at night where I live, and probably where you are too Seashells, is in the winter the sidewalks and roads are too damn icy!  People don’t shovel their walks and the city doesn’t plow the streets.  It’s kinda sketchy.  There are a few city parks with well-lit paths that are plowed though… I should go there…

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

– what to do about feeling so tired and gloomy because of the dark ( it gets light at 7:30am and dark at 4:50pm.. I work from 8:30 to 5:00 so whenever I am not working it is dark!)


I don’t have any fitness tips for you, but my best friend struggled with seasonal depression as it starts to get darker earlier.  I bought her some bright silvery bracelets (just the cheap ones that you can stack and wear 4-5 at a time) and she LOVES them. She said wearing something bright and cheerful helps her so much.  She’s already got them on this year, and it’s still light until about 6 here.  She ties ribbons on them, paints her toenails funky colors or wears crazy color socks and she says it helps a lot. I don’t know it this will help you at all, but thought I’d pass it on.  I hope things get better soon!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

The lunchtime runs, in addition to being the warmest point of the day, are also great for finding a running buddy; especially if you work in a larger office or a downtown setting you’re likely to find at least one other crazy person out running 🙂

Also, a trick I experimented with today, was getting to work super early, running, and then starting. The traffic is so bad in Tampa that if I waited to leave until I finished my run, I’d never make it to work on time.  So today, I got to work at 6:45am (breakfast and coffee in the car), got in an hour run, and still had time to get cleaned up in the bathroom before my first conference call.  

You can make it work, it just takes a little creativity sometimes!

 

ETA: Relating to motivation, I have a tried and true method… for those of you who need to shower every day, it might be a little squeamish, but it works for me.  I don’t let myself shower until I’ve run or worked out.  Plain and simple; I have to earn my shower.  If that means I have to knock out a Jillian Michaels DVD for 25 minutes in order to wash my hair, so be it, but it ensures that I get some form of exercise at least every other day.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m sorry, this is not helpful at all, but:

I reaad the title of this as “mood leggings.”  God I’m glad I was wrong – it would be horrible if that was actually a thing!!!

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@sarahbabs:  haha  Ewww, the crotch would totally be a different colour!

@Seashells7:  Legally the sidewalks have to be cleared here, but it doesn’t take much for the basically cleared path to still end up with some ice.  I’m not one who is huge for exercising outdoors, but even going for a walk in boots with good traction can get the heart rate going if they are a bit heavy.  Same with trudging through snow in a park, which is also less slippery!  I don’t know what’s around you, but I can find a few decently-lit skating rinks nearby.  I know some people are really committed to actually running though.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@AB Bride:  Haha I know!  That is something I NEVER want to see lol

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

It is hard! I have been running a lot, and I end up running in town (driving there) to get runs in on the lit streets. I also try to run on the way to work. I have a long commute, but there is a parking area half way where I can park and run either a 4 mile or 5.5 mile loop. I hate going to work sweaty, but now that it is colder, I don’t sweat as much as in the summer and baby wipes work pretty well.

I also bought some new running tights and a bright yellow long sleeve pull over for running. I have a reflective vest on my Christmas list, and I have a blinky arm band.

I’m trying to find a running partner in town too. I usually prefer to run alone, but once or twice a week it would be nice to have a buddy.

Also getting outside whenever possible can help boost your mood and counteract the decreased amount of sunshine (lower amounts of Vitamin D). A Vitamin D supplement can help during winter months too.

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@Seashells7:  I went running at lunch on Thursday and again today!  Have you tried it yet?  It was pretty awesome to get some sunshine and some exercise before it’s all dark and yucky.

Also, fyi I’ve read a bunch of studies that say having caffeine ~45 minutes before you exercise can make you go faster / longer.  (Or in my case, be able to motivate at all.) I definintely do this and I find it really helpful.  

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@Seashells7:  I’ve been struggling with this too… big time. I have one of those lights… mine is the Philips goLITE… it’s not a UV light but it mimics the bright blue of a sunny day and it’s supposed to help. I’ve only been using it for a few days so far… about 20-45 min. in the mornings.

I’m also now supplementing with a B vitaminc complex, omega 3 fish oils, and vitamin D. And trying to get some more exercise.

I’ve read lots of articles online and that’s what I am basing the supplements off of.

 

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