Cycling Quote: Stay Healthy

Health quoteHello, and Happy Friday!

Today’s quote, well it’s not really a cycling quote, more about being healthy and happy which we feel is a great message.

Getting yourself, and your family out on your bikes is a great way to bond as we know, and a great way to instill a routine of exercise and a love of the great outdoors. There’s nothing better than feeling the wind in your hair as you free-wheel down that biggest of hills, your kids yelling out as you do so.

Being healthy and happy, well that’s our greatest wish for ourselves, family and friends isn’t it, and today’s quote reminds us of that.

Have a great weekend everyone, and enjoy your cycling!

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Do you Suffer with SAD?

Spring is most definitely in the air. The daffodils are peeping through and the sun is shining. Does it make a difference to how you feel? People seem happier and lighter with a more enthusiastic spring in their step this week. But does the pending change in season really make that much difference to our mood? Does the arrival of Spring help us feel better about life? Or is it all a myth?

Winter bluesSeasonal Affective Disorder

It’s a well-known fact that many people suffer with SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder. Most animals react to the Winter months in terms of behaviour, metabolism and human beings are just the same. With the reduction in light, many of us stay indoors more, sleep longer and eat more comforting food. For some this can turn into Winter Blues and for others, it becomes the more severe SAD.

The Lumie website quotes the following as symptoms of SAD, although not everyone will experience them all:

  • Sleep problems – oversleeping but not refreshed, cannot get out of bed, needing a nap in the afternoon
  • Overeating – carbohydrate craving leading to weight gain
  • Depression, despair, misery, guilt, anxiety – normal tasks become frustratingly difficult
  • Family / social problems – avoiding company, irritability, loss of libido, feeling emotionally ‘numb’
  • Lethargy – too tired to cope, everything an effort
  • Physical symptoms – often joint pain or stomach problems, lowered resistance to infection
  • Behavioural problems – especially in young people

If you have suffered with any, or a combination of these symptoms, and dislike the colder, darker Winter months it’s likely that your body is reacting to a lack of sunlight. The lack of light, directly into your eyes, causes a rise in the amount of melatonin in your body, so making you sleepy and depressed. It isn’t known why some people are more prone to the effects that others though.

How to Beat the Winter Blues

Keeping activeWe all know that getting active is a great way to beat depression. If you think you’ve been suffering with SAD or the Winter Blues, being active outdoors has a double benefit of course, giving you much-needed daylight as well as general exercise. Why not go for that bike ride!

Another, well-regarded way to help beat SAD and the Winter Blues is to use a light box. Research has shown that using the right sort of light box for just 30 minutes a day will increase your serotonin levels, decrease the melatonin and help reduce symptoms.Lumie pioneered research into this area, and supplies Lightboxes to the NHS. They were also the first company to manufacture the Active Bodyclock light a dawn simulator, which allows you to wake up to gradually increasing light. The growing levels of light in the room trigger your body to stop producing melatonin, and to produce much needed cortisol which makes you feel alert, awake and refreshed. They help boost your mood, energy and productivity levels all day, and many people rely on them in the Winter months.

Going away to a sunny climate, or on a skiing trip can help, but often sufferers report an increase in symptoms when they return.

Are you a Sufferer?

Maybe you weren’t sure if you were affected. Perhaps you’ve noticed that the lighter, brighter days has lifted your mood, helped you eat more healthily and generally given you a spring in your step. The lighter mornings help us get up out of bed and make us feel less sleepy generally. If you’ve noticed all of these things in the last week, it would be worth noting how you feel later in the year once the days get shorter again.

Cycling to Health Through Cycling to Work

Cycling to work could help us all be healtheir according to the breakfast news this morning.  Apparently two thirds of us don’t do enough exercise, raising the risk of us getting high blood pressure and cholesterol.  A lack of activity is cited as one the seven lifestyle high risk to factors to health along with smoking and alcohol consumption and we are being encouraged to walk and cycle to work.
In England 93% have at least one risk factor and over a third have three or more.
Hmm think I’ll be getting my waterproofs on and cycling in this morning!
Just watching the breakfast news and, according to the government, two thirds of us don't do enough exercise, raising the risk of us getting high blood pressure and cholesterol.  A lack of activity is cited as one the seven lifestyle high risk to factors to health along with smoking and alcohol consumption and we are being encouraged to walk and cycle to work.  In England, an incredible 93% have at least one risk factor and over a third have three or more.  Hmm think I'll be getting my waterproofs on and cycling in this morning!

Maybe Newcastle could aim to give Copenhagen a run for their money and become the biggest cycling capital in Europe!

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