Science has confirmed that exercise of any kind has the power to give your mood a boost. Good exercise can provide an endorphin rush initially, later leaving your body feeling calm and unfettered. Interestingly, there are a few exercises in particular that have even greater mood-boosting abilities than others.
Mind And Body
Yoga is a physical and spiritual practice that can have countless benefits for both the body and the mind. It is an exercise that focuses on deep breathing, stretching, balance, and in many ways manifests as a form of meditation. Yoga, no matter your level of practice, has shown to provide significant relief to those suffering from anger, stress and anxiety, depression, and other neuroses. These benefits come in the short and long term. Improving sleep and confidence are additional benefits that many yogis find favorable to their daily moods.
In order to derive the most mental health benefits from yoga, it is important to do it regularly. Whether you do yoga at home with a video or in a class with an instructor does not matter, so long as you are engaged in your practice.
Run, Forrest, Run
Running is a surefire way to get your body to release endorphins, which gives you a natural feeling of euphoria. That’s the short-term effect. In the long-term, running can be highly effective in reducing symptoms of depression as well.
If your body is just not made for running because of health issues, consider an elliptical machine at the gym or even power walking as a close second.
Be A Team Player
Team sports are better for your mental health than solo exercise, studies show. A big part of this has to do with the commitment involved. When a person is part of a team or even an exercise class, they feel like they are being held accountable for showing up and are less likely to skip it. This adds up to more exercise, and as exercise has amazing benefits for a person’s mood in general, this means team exercise serves you better as a mood booster.
Team sports also provide a place to be social and is another way to enhance your mood. Even if traditional team sports aren’t your thing, things like cycling and running clubs as well as yoga classes all count.