No easy street (lolahead) wrote,
No easy street

Sunshine and Cardio

Yesterday it was dreary in the morning.  The fog was thick and it was DARK.  I noticed because there was a moment on my way to work where I just didn't want to continue living.  I know that sounds dramatic, but with my history of depression, these thoughts happen more than I would like to admit.  The difference now is that I recognize them immediately and can usually narrow down a source quickly and do my best to redirect the thought pattern to a more positive one.  Thus, these dark moment are just moments...

Anyway, I realized that we are a little over a month out from the shortest day of the year.  The sun is setting and it's close to dark as I drive home and if I don't get my sunshine in the morning, I really notice. (Sorry to those of you, [Kim] who have darkness on the way to and from work in the winter).

I do have a job where I can get out at lunchtime and get a few moments of sunshine if I need to...and if the sun is out.  I've also noticed that cardio can be a decent substitute for my mood.  Now I know that most of you aren't as insane about cardio as I am and most of you can go several days in row without running at least 5 miles, unlike me....  I'm actually trying to cut back for fear of destroying my body, by cutting back, I mean I'm still running 5 miles a day but complaining more about my foot and knee, just like my mother...  But yes, some light cardio such as walking or dancing can really boost the mood.  The best kind of winter cardio is going outside for a brisk walk when the sun is out for at least 15 minutes and allowing the light to get into the retinas.  So that means take the sunglasses off..  Also, get your vitamin D by taking your gloves off and allowing the sun to touch your hands.  Most of us wear daily sunblock (as we should) on our faces, but this means that a lot of us begin to show signs of Vitamin D deficiency, especially in the winter.  The best source of Vitamin D is naturally occuring when the Sun's UV rays interact with our skin.  So yeah, pills don't really cut it.

Vitamin D is very important and they are finding more negative health related things linked to Vitamin D deficiency, such as cancer, cognitive impairment as you age, and increased risk of DEATH due to cardiovascular disease (that's WebMD's way of saying you'll drop dead from a heart attack)

So in addition to your lunch, find a few minutes to get outside in the Sun.  And if you can't get outside during lunch, put on some music and dance around your living room for 20 minutes.  You'll definitely feel better and less suicidal.  Although you could just skip it all and die a quick death from a heart attack. ;)
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