Chuldow Martial Arts - Knottingley

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Winter blues

The weather has seen a big change from last week with what has felt like non stop rain!!!!!

A lot of our adults have been a little quieter in lessons, and when asked have all been feeling a little tired.  Are you feeling this too?

It’s always difficult this time of year.  Changes in the weather, darker nights drawing in, holiday season is over and getting back into the school routine with the kids.  All this can leave us a little tired and feeling under the weather.  Here are a few tips to overcome this and get back that energy that was there over the summer months:-

  1. Keep active

Whilst you’ll probably feel like just curling up on the couch in winter, it’s good to keep as active as you can to combat the winter blues. Regular exercise will keep you positive, feeling like you’re achieving something good for yourself. Exercising also releases your happy hormone – serotonin – so not only is it good for your health, it makes you feel good too!

Even when you don’t feel like it, push yourself to get in training, you’ll feel so much better afterwards.

2. Keep in touch

Making sure you keep in touch with your friends and family over the winter period helps you stay more connected to the world and feeling less isolated. Say ‘yes’ to any invitations you get to see your loved ones, even if you just go for an hour or two. If your family live far away, why not use the power of technology and use skype to have a chat so you can see them as well as hear them? These days we rely on instant messages for communication but it’s good for us to have more human interactions to improve our wellbeing.  As they say, “It’s good to talk”

3. Eat healthily

It’s easy to turn to comfort food when you’re not feeling at your best, but make sure that you’re not just mindlessly eating your way through that share bag of Doritos and being more conscious about your eating habits in the winter months. Making sure you’re getting your five-a-day is a good place to start so you can make sure you’re getting the right nutrients to keep your energy and immune system boosted.

If you’re struggling to get up in the morning, treat yourself to a nice healthy breakfast (yogurt and fruit etc)


4. See the light

There’s not much of it around at this time of year, but getting outside for some natural daylight will help boost your vitamin D levels. Vitamin D also helps encourage the production of serotonin so can help boost that happy hormone. In those duller days, you might benefit from some light therapy helps – one way to do this is to sit in front of a lux light box for up to two hours a day. Light boxes give up to ten times stronger light than normal home or office lights and they can help boost your levels of serotonin.

5. Stick on something upbeat

Turn over the slow ballads! Research has shown that listening (and dancing!) to some cheerful, upbeat music can improve your mood – even after the song ends. The same can also be said for films and TV shows – putting your favourite feel-good comedy or rom com could help you laugh away those seasonal blues.

At the academy last week we had our Bring a Buddy week.  It was brilliant to see students bringing in their friends to train with them.  Everyone loved it and many of them have enrolled to join their friends permanently.  We cant wait to see you all enjoying your training together.

We also had week 3 of our fitness bootcamp which was a brilliant sweaty circuit, week 2 of grading assessments for kick boxing and our Saturday Special Jedi Training Camp saw 26 kids learning some cool new fight moves to use with swords and created some great fight scenes that they showed everyone at the end with our Light Sabers….. May the force be with you.

Coming up this week is week 4 of our fitness bootcamp, the last week of kick boxing grading assessments before our gradings on Sunday, and karate alternates on Saturday.  Our lessons this week are geared towards grading work, but with some fun / unusual endings as always.


Have a great week and catch up with you all next week.

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6a The arcade
Hill top
West Yorkshire
WF11 8EA

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