During winter, those dwelling in chilly climates can experience varying degrees of Seasonal Affective Disorder. This clinical phenomenon is an effect of the brain perceiving fewer ultraviolet rays from the sun, which in turn makes the body more tired, sad or susceptible to stress—all as a reaction to gray skies and low temperatures.

But you don’t need to be diagnosed with a disorder to feel similar symptoms. With all this snow and slush that’s been coming down on Greenville over the past few weeks, and no sign of the end of winter anytime soon, you might start to have physiological reactions that have nothing to do with actually being outside in the cold.

Regular trips to the gym can put a positive spin on your mood. When you work out, your body releases endorphins that make you immediately get a boost of happiness and self-confidence. And of course, you’ll feel great about yourself because you put time and effort into your health—as well as just looking great. Plus, just making a point to leave your home or office and visit your local Greenville gym can be a big help. It gets you moving, brings you out into the sunlight and gives you something to look forward to while you’re at work, in traffic or just bogged down with tasks at home.

Another great way to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder is by tanning. Pivotal Fitness members qualify for special rates and packages at the Tropical Heat tanning salons within the Charleston and Summerville South Carolina gyms. If you’re in the area, you can combat shorter days and reduced exposure to sunlight by spending some time in the pleasant and relaxing UV rays of one of our regional tanning booths.

Whether battling the blues with endorphins or manmade ultraviolet rays, a trip to Pivotal Fitness’ Greenville health club is all it takes. Our staff is courteous and helpful and our facilities are always clean and well-maintained. Come by to check it out for yourself and be happy, not SAD, all winter!