Exercise is an important part of dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder. Light therapy without the addition of exercise is not as effective as the two in unison. Exercise by it’s nature gets your body warmed up, more awake and alert, it gets the bodily fluids moving and has a brightening affect. Individuals that suffer from SAD generally are rather sedentary because of the affliction or in general and may need some prompting by friends and family to get up and get out and get some exercise.
If you have a friend that you suspect has this affliction, you will do them some good by getting them out and moving. Maybe going for a walk, going to the mall, going on an adventure. Something like horseback riding would be a wonderful experience not only because of the interaction with a gentle, animal, but also the natural movement of a horse exercises the muscles of the body in a very low impact manner. Anything to get their thought and body processes into a higher gear. With their body more in motion, they will better be able to ward off the feelings of depression and despair related to the affliction. That, coupled with consistent doses of light therapy will help your friend or family member ward off the emotionally crippling affects of seasonal affective disorder.