Sometimes I feel like hitting the gym. And sometimes I don’t.
I never, ever regret going but there are those moments when it doesn’t sound like the exact thing that I want to be doing. When I tailor my workout to my mood, I often feel like I’ve accomplished a whole lot more than just a sweat session.
5 Ways to Workout for your Mood:
Yoga is my go to for those days when I’m feeling less than zen. There is research that suggests the breathing exercises paired with the movement that comes with yoga can lower heart rate, decrease blood pressure, lower cortisol levels, and increase blood flow to the intestines and vital organs.
When you’re excited you just want every one else to be too. CrossFit is the perfect place to find what you’re looking for. It’s high energy, fast paced, and everyone around you is working as hard as you hard. Plus there’s the added bonus of camaraderie that I’ve experienced in every CF class I’ve ever taken.
When I visited the Bar Method with my Class Pass, I was pleasantly surprised by the intensity and difficulty of the class. If you wake up feeling determined to take on the world, take on a Barre class. You’ll feel like you’ve accomplished a lot before you even get your day started.
Feeling sad is probably the worst emotion to have prior to a workout (or maybe the best, depending on what you do with the emotion). Swimming is great for those moments when you’re not really feeling up to much. It’s not only a great way to get your heart rate up; water based exercises have been shown to improve mood and mental health. And if all else fails, you can always take the time to float and clear your mind.
When I’ve got a little pep in my step, hopping on my bike only accentuates that feeling. I love the free, wind in my hair feeling I get on my bike. If you want an even better option, go on a bike ride with a friend. Last month my friend Jenny and I biked to our favorite restaurant to enjoy some girl talk and tacos.
I’m sharing as part of Fitness Friday with Jill Conyers!
Your turn: Do you chose your workout based on your mood? What’s your favorite mood related exercise? Have you ever regretted a workout?