Ten Activities To Improve Your Mood

Kaleena Lawless

Personal Training Specialist

No matter how positive your outlook on life is, we all get cranky once in a while. We live in a fast paced society. People are working longer hours, sleeping less and facing greater financial challenges then in their parent's generation.

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Luckily fitness is exceptionally beneficial to your mood. Being physical releases endorphins through the pituitary gland (sometimes referred to as "runners high") that will make you feel happy and give you a sense of well being for hours after exercise is completed.

Here are ten exercises that will make you feel great:

1. Running. Nothing beats the freedom of running. To be able to cover so many miles with nothing but your sneakers is liberating! Soak up some sun. fresh air and feel great all day afterward.

2. Yoga. The classic anti-stress activity. People take yoga classes purely to unwind. Yoga heals your body and mind. Not only do the poses release toxins in your muscles but you feel elated and dreamy after a class. You sleep great too!

3. Weight Lifting. Lifting makes you feel good about yourself. It makes you feel strong and sexy. After a challenging lifting routine you feel pumped both physically and mentally. Sweaty muscles plus the feeling of satisfaction will make anybody feel good in their own skin!

4. Swimming. Swimming laps, or even playing in the water is refreshing! Not only does swimming burn a ton of calories and tone your muscles but it relaxes you. Just don't get chlorine in your eyes. Ow!

5. Martial Arts. Martial arts is more than learning how to kick butt! Not only do you train your body to be physically ready for anything, you train your mind as well. Being able to handle physical and mental challenges with ease is extremely important for reducing stress and unhappiness.

6. Walking. Walking is such a simple solution to a bad mood. Even 15 minutes can make you forget your troubles. If you have a lot to deal with, go for a walk and think it over. It clears the cobwebs quite effectively.

7. Sex. Sexual activity also releases endorphins as well as dopamine, another "feel good" hormone. Sex cures headaches, increases your self esteem and definitely improves a bad mood!

8. Extreme Sports. Rock climbing, white water rafting and even skydiving will make you feel great. Not only will you feel absolutely exhilarated from the adrenaline pumping through your body but you will feel like you are the bravest person in the world! Nothing beats the "Wow I did this!" feeling!

9. Dancing. Whether it's at a club or in your living room letting loose with some of your favourite moves, dancing is incredibly uplifting. There are a ton of outdoor festivals in the summer where you can get your groove on with thousands of people outside. Giant street parties are the best for making you feel alive and well!

10. House/Yard Work. A cluttered home equals a cluttered mind! Getting chores out of the way and tidying up your living space is mentally satisfying. It helps your mood to finish things you have been meaning to get done for ages.

Personally speaking, I feel fantastic after participating in every one of these activities. The feeling motivates me to continue living an active and healthy lifestyle. If I thought of exercise as another chore that has to be finished everyday on top of my work load, I'd hate exercise! The trick is to find activities you truly enjoy so when it comes time to working out it becomes "You time." You are doing something for yourself, that makes you feel great!

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  • Ladidi says
    Mood is definitely improved with exercise. I always find that I feel much better and more alive, when I have a spurt of getting out and getting active. It is not always easy to have the desire to exercise, when you are feeling low, but I give myself a talking to and make myself do it!!
  • kano11 says
    I have to 100% agree on this article. I have recently had surgery and am not allowed to exercise for 6-8 weeks and wow has it affected my mood - grumpy grumpy! I never did anything strenuous before hand, just basic walks and jogs, a few kickboxing classes with friends and some swimming, it definitely helps with the mental health! I can't wait to get out for a walk in the fresh air and just relax - yes I think exercise helps you relax!!! and burns off that stress!
  • michelle and mike says
    yes, i agree exercising, helps the mind and body feel better, when i cannot get out for my daily walk, i am not as perky, as when i do get out for my walk.
  • Claire1971 says
    Hard physical exertion is the perfect antidote to the stresses of everyday life. Once those endorphins start flying around your body, you’ll soon experience a renewed sense of well-being. So much more preferable than any artificial stimulants, including alcohol.
  • akg3 says
    Dancing is definitely a great exercise. It's fun (even at home by yourself - crank up that music!), burns calories and releases endorphins. What a great combination!
  • vickym says
    Fantastic advice! Get moving and release those endorphins. Sometimes when you are down, its easy to veg out and hibernate...that achieves nothing but make you even more grumpy. I have just bought Dance Central for our X-Box, 10 mins on that and I feel fantastic!
  • Wice says
    So does chocolate (could it be the chewing or the sucking?), scented baths (all that splashing and sniffing), grooving to music (yeh, yeh yeh), and flexing all those face muscles by smiling at random people - (though they may think you are batty)!
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