Boot camp fitness owner: Lift your spirits with exercise

Baby, it’s dark outside! Residents face darker afternoons and the onset of winter, and that can trigger the winter blues.

“Shorter periods of light during our waking hours can trigger a seasonal depression commonly known as ‘SAD,’” said Kimbrough Kendall, owner of Eastside Adventure Boot Camp. She cited statistics indicating that between 4 and 6 percent of people in the United States suffer from SAD each year. Another 10 to 20 percent may experience a milder form of a winter-onset depressive disorder.

“It may seem like a low percentage, but those numbers translate into millions of people,” Kendall said.

She promotes exercise as a cure for seasonal blues.

“There are several ways in which being active and fit will make us feel better,” Kendall says. “Exercise releases ‘feel-good’ chemicals such as endorphins, reduces immune system chemicals that can worsen depression, and raises body temperature, which can have calming effects. There are a lot of factors at work here, and they are all good.

“Boot camp workouts include cardio, strength, balance, and core training, so all your body parts and systems are put through the paces,” she said. “Plus, you are part of a group where everyone encourages each other. This social aspect is helpful for people who are prone to depression – the last thing you want to do is exercise alone.”

Learn more about Kendall's training and classes in the Snoqualmie Valley at She can be reached at or (425) 890-5037.

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