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    Now the days are getting noticeably shorter

    I was wondering if anyone here gets that season affective disorder where the lack of sunlight is depressing to a degree. I used to get it a lot but last fall/winter was the first time I didn't have it at all. I'm not sure why but I always try to figure out how to avoid it. I know some folks say buy a UV lamp but does anyone do anything normal? Maybe exercise more or spend more time with friends or something?
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    im the complete opposite. this is the best time of year to me. hot sunny days are miserable! if i had it my way it would be dark all 24 hours, and rain every single day and on the days it was cold enough to, snow. i absolutely love it when the sun goes down at 5 pm.
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    haha i love it when it snows but i think its because 98% of the sun is reflected making those days extra bright. I will have to try the tanning, that does sound refreshing on a cold dark day.
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    I hate it when it gets dark at 5pm. All it does is make me tired. Besides, when you get off of work and its dark but it use to be nice and bright outside, it sucks. It makes you feel like theres nothing to do and there usually isn't because everyone is home

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2kool View Post
    im the complete opposite. this is the best time of year to me. hot sunny days are miserable! if i had it my way it would be dark all 24 hours, and rain every single day and on the days it was cold enough to, snow. i absolutely love it when the sun goes down at 5 pm.
    I like it too...only thing I hate is when its like below 30. Sometimes I actually get depressed in the summer time...not like clinically depressed...I guess more annoyed than anything. Summer means wife always wants to do something means I got to spend $$$. Winter time, you just RELAX.

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    I like the shorter days and cooler weather. It really sparks my lifting because I'm not getting beat up by the heat. It does make conditioning more of a challenge because I don't want to run hills or pull sleds in the rain. Overall, it brings the family closer together because we are forced inside more often. So there are more family game nights and the holidays are awesome. There are good and bad with all the seasons, but for me, the cooler weather is a welcome change.
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    I live in the hottest, driest, sunniest part of the continent. Winter is pretty much the same thing as summer, just minus about 70 degrees.
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    I agree with the posters who like the cooler weather.

    The heat can be murderous in the summer here. On the other hand the spring, fall and winter are pretty good. And at least there isn't seven months of snow on the ground (maybe two if we're lucky).

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    I agree with the above three posts. The summer is brutal here and if you can only train in the middle of the day you welcome the cooler months even if the days are shorter.

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    I don't have a disorder or anything, but the shorter, darker days are a little depressing. I hate winter. It's cold, and dark, and way too freaking long.
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    I live in NYC so I get slammed when it comes to seasonal extremes. It's either too hot or too cold.

    30+ years living in the U.S. and I still can't stand cold weather. (For the record, I can't stand summer in NYC either but that's a separate topic.)

    ON THE OTHER HAND, winter is great for three things: eating, sleeping and getting up at 6 am to go to the gym. There's something, I dunno, motivating when it's dark outside and everyone's just dragging themselves out of bed and you're on your way to the gym, mentally preparing for that first set. (My gym is 40 blocks from my apartment so it's even more of a kick in the pants to get my butt moving.)
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    Yeah I usually get a bit down. Not quiet yet though cause it seems like there is still people out and about in Milwaukee. We've had a really warm fall so far. Dec-Feb when everyone is cooped up just gets monotonous and gloomy.
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