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Have you heard of the win­ter blues? This is also known as Sea­sonal Af­fec­tive Dis­or­der (SAD), which can cause overeat­ing, lethargy and in­ac­tiv­ity, and lower your mood.

These symp­toms are also risk fac­tors for heart dis­ease, which means keep­ing ac­tive in win­ter is all the more im­por­tant.

Queens­land state co­or­di­na­tor for Heart Foun­da­tion Walk­ing Anna Camp­bell said be­ing ac­tive on a reg­u­lar ba­sis is im­por­tant for main­tain­ing both good phys­i­cal and men­tal well-be­ing.

“Win­ter can be hard to get mo­ti­vated to head out­doors, but know­ing you can keep track of your walks ei­ther in a group or as a vir­tual walker, or both, is mo­ti­va­tion enough for most people to put on their shoes and get walk­ing,” Anna said. It’s free to join Heart Foun­da­tion Walk­ing. To join the 24,000 Aus­tralians who have al­ready dis­cov­ered Heart Foun­da­tion Walk­ing, reg­is­ter on­line at walk­ing.heart­foun­da­ or call 1300 36 27 87.

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