3 Mood Improving Exercises

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A great way to lift and improve your mood is through regular exercise. Often, when exercising, your body will physically feel more relaxed and calm. In addition to that, endorphins, the feel-good chemicals, are released, making you feel good. Mentally you will find the sense of accomplishment will boost your sense of well-being and self-confidence. As little as 30minutes of daily exercise may improve your mood.

The key considerations when selecting the exercise for you is enjoyment. This post will highlight a few which I hope you will find helpful.

Aerobic Exercises

If you want an endorphin rush, then cardiovascular and aerobic exercises are great for achieving this. Whether it is dancing, running, cycling, or brisk walking, you’ll be able to accomplish this. If you also want to get your sense of accomplishment, gardening can also be useful.

Yoga

Yoga focuses on meditation, breathing exercises, and physical postures and, although some styles do not provide much of an aerobic workout, it still has a wealth of benefits. Yoga can teach you how to relax your body and mind, release tension while stretching tight muscles and, feel more supple. Regular Yoga can help ease anxiety and improve feelings of well-being.

Tai Chi

This traditional Chinese exercise is practised worldwide and can benefit those who experience symptoms of anxiety and depression. Shown to improve immune function and increase the blood levels of feel-good endorphins, Tai Chi comes with many benefits.

Considered a self-healing practice, Tai Chi focuses on movements and breathing. Beginners will find this easy to pick up since actions are quick to learn and repetitive. Also, there’s little strength or endurance abilities required to start learning. The practice of Tai Chi is said to help alleviate energy blockages within the body and, some research has shown that it may improve well-being aspects such as depression, stress and, anxiety.

If this was not enough to get you moving, then there are a wealth of additional benefits. Endorphins not only make you feel good but also help you concentrate and feel mentally sharp.
Also, stimulation of brain cells supports age-related decline. You also gain higher self-esteem by completing a regular exercise habit. If added to morning and evening routines, bursts of exercise can support sleep pattern regulation. Yoga is incredibly gentle and can help promote sleep.
Also, increasing your heart rate in the morning can make you feel more energised for the day. Finally, regular exercise can help build mental resilience, particularly useful when faced with mental or emotional challenges in life.

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One thought on “3 Mood Improving Exercises”

  1. I do struggle to find the motivation for exercise even though I know there are a whole host of benefits for physical fitness and mental health. Tai Chi isn’t something I’d considered before though, so thank you 🙂

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