Sadly, the time of year has come, where the mornings and evenings have a definite chill, the nights are longer and the scenery becomes quite drab and dull. This can often lead to one having a definite feeling of the winter blues, not to mention increased awareness of aches and pains in the muscles and joints. Us Joburgers are very spoilt with warm, sunny winter days, however the chill in the air still make us want to curl up on the couch, drinking hot chocolate and eating comfort food. It makes us feel better! Some research suggests that certain foods, like chocolate, can encourage the release of serotonin, a feel good hormone. But, there is no need to reach for the chocolate and gain those extra 5kilo’s of winter coating to get out happy hormone boost. Exercise causes an increase in endorphins, or “happy hormones”, helping to fight those winter blues and lessen the allure of the “happy” foods.