How to Defeat Seasonal Depression

Once daylight saving time ends in Wisconsin, our days get shorter and shorter. If these darker days are zapping your energy and bringing you down, then this blog post is for you. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of seasonal depression typically triggered by the change in seasons when we lose daylight hours and the temps start dipping. The best way to defeat seasonal depression begins with recognizing the issue and then trying different tactics to thwart those winter blues.

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3 Ways Exercise Can Help You Deal With Seasonal Affective Disorder

By Elite Sports Clubs Trainers

3 Ways Exercise Can Help You Deal With Seasonal Affective Disorder

We love this time of the year. Fall is here once again! The changes in colors, the smells, perfect outdoor weather that’s not too hot and not too cold. And of course Packer football!! However, each year we’re surprised by how our bodies and mood are affected by the change in season. Have you noticed a change in your mood lately? Are you more tired and irritable than usual? Do you find that you are craving more carbohydrates? Is it harder for you to get out of bed in the morning? All of these are common symptoms of a condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder. Continue reading 3 Ways Exercise Can Help You Deal With Seasonal Affective Disorder

Red Light Therapy Frequently Asked Questions

RED LIGHT THERAPY is at Elite Sports Clubs! A safe, all natural process that encourages your body to naturally produce enzymes, elastin fibers and collagen that support the skin’s structure. Thus producing younger, smoother and firmer feeling skin. Here are some common questions that our members often ask about Red Light Therapy:

Q: Can I wear makeup in the Red Light Therapy bed?
A: Yes, makeup can be worn and should not affect the performance of the therapy.

Q: Can I wear my clothes in the Red Light Therapy bed or should I be nude?
A: The skin that you wish to be treated should be fully exposed to the light.

Q: If I have a passport membership and bought the one month unlimited package, can I use Red Light at any club it’s available.
A: Yes, although please make sure that each club has a record on file of your unlimited status.

Q: Will the treatment interfere with or be affected by any medications I use?
A: If you use medications such as Tetracycline, Digoxin (used for heart irregularities) and photosensitizing drugs (e.g., tranquilizers, sulfa drugs, oral anti-diabetic drugs, antidepressants, and steroids), please consult your physician before using Red Light.

Q: Are there any special lotions I am supposed to use during or after treatment?
A: No.

Q: Will Red Light help with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?
A: Red Light, as well as other light therapies, has been proven to improve Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

Q: How warm does the Red Light Therapy bed get?
A: The feeling of the heat has been compared to a nice warm 80 degree day (not actual temperature of room). We do provide a fan for use in the room to keep you at a comfortable temperature.

Q: How long after the previous user do I have to wait to use the Red Light bed?
A: We tend to schedule 30 minutes between appointments so that we can allow the bed can cool down (not required) for the next user’s comfort.

Q: Is it okay to wear contacts while in the Red Light bed?
A: That depends on the individual, some people may experience a dry eye sensation.

Q: Do I need to wear some sort of eye protection (similar to tanning goggles)?
A: It is not required that you wear eye protection, nevertheless the lights are very bright and may be uncomfortable for some individuals with sensitivities to light.

Q: Is Red Light Therapy similar to tanning?
A: No not at all. You will not get a tan from Red Light Therapy, nor does it expose you to damaging UV rays.

Q: Will I have to do this indefinitely to maintain results?
A: Yes, it is recommended to start with a commitment of 20 minutes 3-5 times per week for the first 1-4 weeks, then 2-3 times per week for the following 4-12 weeks, and finally 1-2 times per week to maintain results.

Red Light Therapy dramatically reduces wrinkles & fine lines, eliminates stretch marks in most clients, and relieves joint pain & increases circulation!

Red Light Therapy is free for Elite Sports Clubs members!

We hope that the above frequently asked questions and answers about Red Light Therapy will be helpful to your experience with the treatment. In addition we have provided a video (below) on how to use Red Light Therapy at our Elite Sports Club-North Shore location. Each of our clubs’ beds & protocols (Red Light Therapy is also available at our Brookfield & West Brookfield locations) may vary slightly, however are for the most part similar.

Elite Sports Clubs’ Member Services Representative, Vicky Nelson Explains How to Use Red Light Therapy

Have you tried Red Light Therapy yet? What results have you seen so far? Do you have any more questions that were not covered above?