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Tips for Beating the Winter Blues

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The holidays and wintertime can be a lot of fun, but for a lot of people they can also be a time when they experience seasonal depression. Seasonal blues are a real thing, and Momtrends recently learned some tips for how to beat the winter blues and how to even feel energized during this time of year.

#1. Exercise first thing in the morning

Getting your blood pumping first thing in the morning delivers an endorphine rush and starts our day off with a bang.

Joey Gonzalez, COO of the white-hot fitness craze, Barry'??s Boot Camp, explains: '??When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins, which interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body which is often described as "euphoric." Barry's Bootcamp students live for this "runner's high," as it can be accompanied by a positive and energizing outlook on life.

#2. Get outside and embrace the season!

We know it'??s cold and gloomy, but why hide? Use the refreshing chill to your advantage and hit the pavement for a morning jog. Even a brisk 20-minute jog in the morning can help you meet the world head on. For those cold winter mornings, try Aerial7'??s Sound Disc Sports beanie to keep your head warm while your favorite song boosts you up the hill.

#3. Find a kooky or unique workout class to help find your motivation!

POUND, a workout done with weighted drumsticks, was designed by L.A rocker chicks, Christina Peerenboom and Kirstin Potenza. Pound classes are available at Crunch gyms nationwide.

The POUND girls give us the skinny on how to '??drum up'? enthusiasm for your workouts in the winter months:

'??When it's chilly outside, finding motivation to head outdoors on a solo adventure sometimes feels impossible. We love group fitness because you feel a connection to others, and that is motivating. Plus, with Pound, you'll get to make noise, hit sticks and be aggressive, which are all mini-vacations from the stress and chaos of the holiday season!'?

#4. One word: Chia

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If you haven'??t heard about the newest superfood, you'??re missing out!

Keeping balanced levels of blood sugar is important for both health and energy. Blood spikes after meals, especially if you eat high-starchy food or sweets. This can lead to '??slumps'? in your day where you feel tired and out of energy. By balancing your blood sugar, you not only lower your risk for type 2 diabetes, but you also ensure steady, constant energy throughout the day.

But how does the Chia seed help with this? Both the gelling action of the seen and its unique combination of soluble and insoluble fiber combine to slow down your body'??s conversion of starches into sugars. If you eat chia with a meal, it will help you turn food into constant, steady energy rather than a series of ups and downs that wear you out.

Health Warrior makes Chia Bars help you chia-on-the-go! Available in Acai Berry, Coconut, and Chocolate Peanut Butter, they are the perfect snack to toss in your purse or nibble before a workout.

#5. Hydrate!

People who get run down mid-day are often just dehydrated. Having water or an all-natural beverage at your fingertips at all times is key, and will also help you feel less hungry! We suggest Tea of a Kind, because its self-mixing cap is also fun to watch!

#6. Treat yourself to some pampering

Dr. Stephen Greenberg, Board certified cosmetic surgeon, radio host, and author of '??A Little Nip, a Little Tuck,'? explains why winter is the perfect time to pay attention to your skin and fix those problem areas.

'??I see patients that torturing their skin all summer long in the sun, and winter is a great opportunity to give yourself the gift of some personal TLC,'? he explains. '??I find that many patients book treatments in the winter for a little seasonal pick-me-up.'?

Dr. Greenberg suggests a non-invasive option like the HydraFacial'?¢ to give patients a burst of self-confidence without pain or inconvenient recovery time.

'??The HydraFacial'?¢ is the newest resurfacing procedure out there,'? explains Dr. Greenberg. '??It thoroughly cleanses, exfoliates, extracts, and hydrates. It includes Vortex-Fusion® of antioxidants, peptides, and hyaluronic acid. The HydraFacial'?¢ is a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure that delivers instant results with no discomfort or downtime. The procedure is immediately effective so patients see the results right away!'?

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