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BELMONT PERSONAL TRAINER: BANISH HOLIDAY BLUES WITH DIET AND EXERCISE
(BELMONT, CA December 8, 2011) – ‘Tis the season to be jolly, but for many people holidays trigger the feelings of sadness and depression, rather than comfort and joy.
“You’d think everyone would be happy during this special time of the year, but the fact is that many of us suffer from holiday-related anxiety and stress,” says Brien Shamp, a personal trainer at Brien Shamp’s Boot Camps, Personal Training, Nutrition & Lifestyle Coaching in Belmont, CA. “Fortunately, there are effective ways to boost our mood so we can enjoy everything the holidays have to offer.”
One of the best blues-busting remedies is physical fitness, which, as research has shown, can be as effective in treating depression as certain medications.
There is plenty of evidence showing that regular exercise improves not only the physical health, but also the sense of emotional well-being, Shamp says.
“It is well known that physical activity produces and pumps up the body’s levels of natural “feel-good” chemicals such as endorphins, dopamine, seratonin, and norepinephrine,” he points out. “It also helps release emotional tension and pent-up frustrations, increases energy, lowers the stress level, and distracts from worries and negative thoughts that tend to feed anxiety.”
For most benefit, he recommends a routine that includes strength training exercises, as well as interval training followed by breathing exercises while stretching. Shamp says, “I know it sounds counter-intuitive, but to fully relax, you need to fully exert.”
“The improvement of your mood can be truly amazing,” Shamp notes. “Just remember to make sure that you exercise regularly – you should certainly not be skipping your workout during the holidays.”
Another key to a better mood is nutrition, since certain foods are known to lessen the depression. Shamp recommends adding these ingredients to your daily diet:
Omega-3 fatty acids, present in certain fish, nuts, seeds and dark-green leafy vegetables, have been shown in studies to be great mood boosters.
Vitamin B-12: Research indicates that people who eat diets high in vitamin B-12, which is found in fish and dairy products, may be at a lower risk of depression.
Selenium may also help improve mild depression, studies show. So make sure to consume selenium-rich seafood, nuts, whole grains, beans, lean meat, and dairy.
“What it comes down to is that exercise and well-chosen nutrition are powerful weapons in a fight against stress and depression,” Shamp says. “Follow these guidelines to ensure that your holidays this year are truly happy – and healthy as well!”
About Brien Shamp’s Boot Camps, Personal Training, Nutrition & Lifestyle Coaching:
Launched by fitness expert Brien Shamp in 1996, Brien Shamp’s Boot Camps, Personal Training, Nutrition & Lifestyle Coaching is a co-ed personal training fitness program which specializes in the areas of weight loss, nutrition & lifestyle coaching and boot camps. Program details and client testimonials are available at www.BrienShamp.com. Shamp, a certified fitness expert with 21 years experience in the fitness industry, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 650-654-4604.
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About Brien Shamp, Fitness Expert:
Shamp is a certified fitness expert (Bachelors Degree in Biomechanics from UC Davis, Extensive Graduate Studies in Exercise Physiology, Reiki Practitoner (Level 2), CHEK Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach (Level 2), Advanced Metabolic Typing Advisor, Medical Massage Therpaist, Personal Trainer (ACSM), Strength & Conditioning Specialist (NSCA), USA Weightlifting Coach and Acu-Yoga) with 21 years of experience in the fitness industry. Shamp can be reached at email@example.com or 650-654-4604 and is available for media interviews on topics related to health, wellness and fitness.