Whether you’ve been working 10-hour days or just need more energy throughout your day, exercise is the perfect way to boost your mood.
Regular workouts increase the production of feel-good chemicals like endorphins, serotonin and dopamine. Some studies even suggest that doing a minimum 15 minutes of activity a day can decrease less-than-stellar feelings. Add in exercises that are specifically targeted to lift your mood and your day will get a whole lot brighter.
As you jump your feet out wide, bring your hands together overhead. As you jump your feet back in together, touch your hands behind your low back. Doing jumping jacks this way can help open up the shoulders, as well as increase circulation, cardiovascular endurance and overall energy.
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Lie on the floor with your legs straight out and together. Hands are on the floor next to your hips with fingertips pointing forwards. Lift your hips off the ground and let your head tilt back. Hold for 10-30 seconds and repeat. Opening the front of the body in this way enhances better breathing, stretches tight shoulders and strengthens the glutes and triceps.
Start in push-up position with hands underneath shoulders and legs straight. From there, jump both feet forward in between your hands. Then, jump up with hands towards the sky and jump back to push-up position. Getting your heart rate up throughout the day is even better than a cup of coffee.
Lie face up on the floor with your legs and arms out wide. Sit up and lift your right leg and left hand up to touch. Lower back down. Then sit up, lift your left leg and right hand up and bring them together to touch. Getting your core activated will stimulate digestion to benefit your mood.
From push-up position, lift your hips up towards the ceiling and relax your head down. Push your heels towards the floor. Downward facing dog stretches your chest, shoulders, hamstrings and calves. And with your head below your heart, it will increase circulation to your brain for more energy and improved cognition.
When your mood dips and you need that extra ounce of energy, get moving. Maximize your energy by implementing these mood-boosting exercises at home, gym or on the road for a more productive, happier day.