As the seasons change, so can your mood. For some, the shorter days and longer nights trigger the “winter blues,” a form of depression called seasonal affective disorder (SAD). This usually occurs at the same time every year, and people who live in places with long, cold nights are at greater risk.
Like all forms of depression, it occurs more often in women than men. Symptoms build slowly, and intensify as autumn’s splendor bleaches to winter white. Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett recommends taking steps to keep your mood and motivation steady throughout the year.
Elderly bones fracture easily because over time, bone tissue becomes thin and brittle. Osteoporosis, the most common type of bone disease, occurs when the body doesn’t form enough new bone, or when old bone is absorbed by the body.
Besides burning calories and building muscle, dancing engages creativity and opens new learning channels within the brain. Through dance, an individual builds strong emotional, cognitive, physical and social assets.
Nothing can brighten your day like hearing a favorite song. Music lifts your spirits, and can give you an instant jolt of energy. That’s useful because during a workout, music soothes unpleasant feelings brought on by intense exercise.
Many people wake up refreshed and ready to move, motivated to exercise for the sheer pleasure it brings them. Working out is a mood booster that leaves them feeling energized, and without it, they feel restless and uncomfortable. For these people, exercise is an innate pleasure, important to their sense of well-being.