We have certainly heard that the good vibes released when you exercise can really improve your mood. That’s known as oxytocin, a hormone your body releases when you work up a sweat. But do you need to run for an hour, take up a new sport, or go to a spin class to release it? You can absolutely do those things, but you don’t have to take your workouts to the extreme to feel good from the exercise. And some physical activities not only give you that hormone release, they are known as natural mood boosters anyway! Spice some of these steps into your workouts in the coming weeks, and look back to see how you felt afterward and in general!
Work Out to Feel Good
- Zumba or dance classes: A dance party always makes you feel alive, so take the choreography of a Zumba or other dance class and use it to your advantage. The beat and the movement pumps up your energy and you feel good within minutes. You can also pull up YouTube and dance with a friend. The music and laughter will help you feel great!
- Kick-boxing: There’s a reason Billy Blanks’ Tae Bo workouts became famous. They’re the perfect combo of martial arts and boxing, because kickboxing can really get out a bad mood. The core strength training paired with the intense pace of the workout that tones both your upper and lower body is definitely a mood lifter, burning more than 8 calories each minute.
- Running: It feels almost as if you’re running through yourproblems. Many regular runners report that it’s a time they can let their mind unwind and relax, and combined with the hormones released, you’ll feel really good (if sweaty), after!
- Yoga: Known for tension release and toning, the quiet focus yoga requires helps you feel centered and strong. Try different positions to release your physical and emotional stress, improving your mental state along the way.
- Gardening: Being in nature is always a mood lifter, and if you combine it with some digging and planting, you’ll burn some calories too! Plus, you’ll feel accomplished when you’re done and can see the fruits of your labor. This time of year, plant some chunky fall flowers or cash in on perennials left at garden centers.
Any physical activity will help your emotional health, so try these or anything else you’ve been curious about. For more ideas on how to feel good and improve your health, schedule a visit today by clicking below. We look forward to hearing from you!
Dr. Julie Drolet
P.S. Your hormones might still have you down even if you regularly work out. Find out more about them in our free webinar, found here.