Jog on January blues: boost your mood with group exercise.

Happy New Year – or maybe not? For many of us January is a tough month to get through – the festivities have fizzled out, the sun has basically given up and we’re seeing ‘new year, new you’ everywhere. Group exercise could be the perfect mood booster to put some pep back in your step this January and here’s why… 

Bye bye January blues 

Another Christmas has been and gone, you made yourself impossible resolutions to stick to and you’re just feeling a little blue – sounds like you’ve got a case of the January Blues. You’ll be pleased to know that these mythical blues are in fact totally real but actually known medically as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). The NHS describes SAD as: a type of depression that comes and goes in a seasonal pattern. The cause of it isn’t known but many believe that the lack of sunlight in winter affects our circadian rhythms and production of serotonin and melatonin which affects our overall mood. So, if you’re feeling a little blue this January just know that you are not alone and there are some things that you can do to boost that mood.  

  1. Get more sunlight – this can be tricky in the UK but just make sure that whenever the sun is shining you try and get out in it. Even 5 minutes can make a difference!  
  1. Manage your stress – in whatever way you do. Whether that’s 10 minutes of meditation in the morning, not checking your phone before sleep or simply seeing friends. Making time for you is vital.  
  1. Time to move – For most of us moving permanently to sunnier climes isn’t really possible. But one of the best ways to boost endorphins isn’t exactly a secret. Exercise = endorphins.  

This Girl Can Classes are the perfect mood booster 

If you’re totally new to the world of exercise or you’re dusting off your trainers after a little hiatus but you’re looking for that endorphin boost in a non-judgemental environment, then This Girl Can Classes are for you. Our ladies fitness sessions are for those of you who are serious about getting not serious. In other words, our classes focus on the fun and aim to put enjoyment back into exercising. It’s amazing what a playlist of feel-good tunes, an encouraging instructor and a group of fellow women jiggling in time (or out of it) to the beat can do to give those happy hormones a boost. Trust us – it’s worth a try.  

So, there you have it. If you want to give the January blues the finger, then come and join the This Girl Can Classes revolution. Kick 2023 off with a bang and find your nearest This Girl Can Class or if you want to find out a little more then read all about what to expect.