Exercise has a powerful ability to change how we're thinking and how our bodies are feeling by creating a positive energy inside of us. But in order to have the most enjoyable exercise experience it helps to pick the right one. So what is the right one? It all depends on how you're feeling!
Chances are you don't want to jet out for a 10K run after a long and exhausting day at work, but you also wouldn't feel right settling into some yoga poses if you're full of energy. That's why it helps to choose your workouts based on how you're feeling that day, and what your body is telling you it needs. So if you're not in the mood for your usual workout, I've got 6 suggestions to help you choose the best exercise based on your moods and motivation.
This approach will help you mix up your fitness routine and keep things fresh, and it's a great tool to find ways to stay active every day, even if you're not feeling your best. The best part about these exercise choices is that they are designed to make you feel better by the time you get to the end of it. When exercise makes you feel good it's the best positive reinforcement for sticking with it and maintaining your motivation. So, here they are!If you're feeling stressed or anxious... Go to exercises that really emphasise the mind-body connection - particularly yoga. You'll get quiet time to yourself where you can direct all of your focus into being on the mat and in the moment. Plus, it utilises the power of your breath to help calm yourself down, and simple flows and stretches will help loosen up muscle tension that can be caused by stress.
- Exercises to try: Yoga, Pilates
- Exercises to try: Brisk 20 minute walk outside, foam rolling, dynamic stretching
- Exercises to try: Spin class, TRX, Kick Boxing, or HIIT
- Exercises to try: Aqua-aerobics, laps in the pool
- Exercises to try: Any adult sporting leagues or club teams
- Exercises to try: Your favorite, go-to workout!
Remember that above all you'll want to do a workout that you enjoy. There's no sense in trying out yoga for stress reduction if you're not a fan of getting on the mat, because chances are you won't enjoy it as much and it won't be beneficial to you. Use the ideas discussed above to help align your workout to how you're feeling so you can get the most out of each exercise session, both physically and emotionally!