An exercise routine that works for you and your body can be a tough thing to figure out to begin with. But mix winter and everything horrible that comes with it, and it probably made it difficult for most people to want to get out of bed — let alone work out. Not to mention that with winter can come Seasonal Affective Disorder, aka SAD — a kind of depression that ebbs and flows with seasons and affects around 4 to 6 percent of the U.S. population, according to statistics from the American Academy of Family Physicians. Unfortunately, one of the most common and prominent symptoms of depression is intense fatigue, which can interrupt daily activities such as work, school, and exercise. If your workout routine has been impacted by winter, these eight tips can help you safely get back into your groove.
With spring weather arriving (well, at least in some states — sorry East coasters!), many people who live with winter depression may be ready to get back to the gym. People with other chronic health issues and mental illnesses that involve symptoms of depression can be affected by the change in season. These experts weigh in on how to begin an exercise routine in a healthy, doable way if winter depression or snowy weather put your workouts on hold.