How To Choose The Best Workout For Your Mood

Fitness: Workouts

By: // February 8, 2017


Discover which workout is best for your mood to get maximum results.

Not feeling motivated to exercise today? It could be less about working out and more about the type of workout you have planned. On days when you’re lacking motivation, listen to what your body is telling you. Are you low on sleep? Your body might benefit more from restorative yoga than an all-out interval workout. Are you feeling stressed? Kickboxing may help you vent your frustration more effectively than Pilates. By picking a workout that’s better suited to your mood, you give your body what it really craves and needs—and you’ll finish the workout feeling more satisfied. Read on to learn how to choose the right workout for your mood.

But First…What To Do If You’re Always In The Mood For A Nap

So…there’s one caveat. If you find yourself feeling constantly tired and wanting to do gentle yoga every day instead of ever pushing yourself, it might be time for a reality check. What lifestyle choices are causing you to feel this way? Are you always skimping on sleep? Could you benefit from some calming meditation in addition to your more intense workouts? Be honest with yourself. Cheating yourself out of challenging workouts won’t do you any favors.

Oftentimes, however, you can listen to your body and intuitively decipher what you truly need out of your workout. Some days, you might really need to push yourself! Other days, it might be better to take it easy. Ask yourself: how do I feel today? And choose the workout that’s best suited for that mood. You might end up trying something new—and discovering your new favorite workout in the process. Do you feel…

Bloated?

Whether you’ve overindulged all weekend or your hormones are causing you to cling on to belly fat, you’re feeling uncomfortable and like you’d rather stay in sweat pants all day than do anything else.

Try this HIIT workout when you feel bloated.

Try….HIIT

It can be tempting to skip your workout altogether when you feel bloated. But get right back in the saddle with some high intensity interval training that will target that belly fat and get you sweating! HIIT workouts are among the best workouts around for burning belly fat. They require you to work at all-out effort for specific intervals to really get your heart pumping, forcing your body to go into sugar and fat stores to find the necessary energy to get through the interval. You end up burning more calories during your workout—and afterwards, too—which revs your metabolism and helps you blast away stubborn fat. Your Workout: The Ultimate HIIT Workout To Blast Belly Fat

Pissed?

Are you having a frustrating day? Has it felt like one thing after the other, and then to push you over the edge, someone cut you off in traffic? If you’ve ever heard that phrase “don’t sweat the small stuff,” it’s true! Instead…get sweating with a workout!

Try this quick kickboxing workout when you need to blow off some steam.

Try… Kickboxing

Find a productive outlet for your frustrations—kickboxing! Kickboxing is a great form of cardiovascular exercise that gets your heart pumping and will have you sweating out your stress in no time. Kickboxing burns tons of calories, helps build lean muscle, and there’s no equipment needed—so you can bust out a few of these moves at home after a frustrating day without battling traffic again to get to the gym! Turn your anger into a feeling of confidence, and you’ll also learn to handle negative emotions in a positive way. Your Workout: Quick Kickboxing Workout

Overwhelmed?

You feel completely flustered with work, life, and everything in between. Your mind is racing a mile a minute, and you’re not sure you even have time to workout today.

Try these yoga poses to relieve anxiety.

Try…Yoga

There’s no better way to quiet your mind and find peace than with a relaxing yoga flow. Bonus? Yoga can also give you a great bodyweight workout, strengthening your arms and legs in addition to increasing your flexibility. Yoga also boosts circulation, which can help ease minor aches and pains, including stress-induced headaches. Your Workout: 6 Yoga Poses To Relieve Anxiety

Bored?

The thought of a steady-state workout like running or the elliptical makes you feel fidgety. You look at the gym equipment and sigh. What’s a girl to do?

Try…Dance

Maybe you can’t picture yourself shaking your hips in a workout but trust us—it’s not only fun but burns mega calories. And if you’re feeling like you want to dance like no one’s watching—literally—do an online dance workout in the privacy of your own home! Mix it up while burning some calories. Your Workout: Shadow Dance, a 30-minute cardio dance workout that incorporates boxing moves, too.

Competitive?

You enjoy working out solo, but today you feel like challenging your bestie or your spouse to a little friendly competition.

Try this AMRAP workout to torch calories.

Try…AMRAP 

Popular in Crossfit, an AMRAP workout stands for “As Many Rounds As Possible.” You do as many rounds of a circuit as you can in a given time frame. Grab a partner and do this 10-Minute AMRAP Workout. You don’t even have to be in the same room! You can challenge a friend and compare results afterwards. A little friendly competition can help motivate you on days when you want to push the limits or break a personal record. Your Workout: 10-Minute AMRAP Workout.

Hit A Plateau?

If you’ve been trying to lose weight or build muscle, but have recently stopped seeing results, it’s time to switch it up. The more you can keep your muscles guessing and provide your body variety, the better it will respond.

Try this circuit workout when you're feeling stuck.

Try…Circuits or Intervals

If you’re feeling stuck and like you’re not seeing any results, challenging circuits and intervals are the way to go. Circuits and interval workouts require all-out effort; intervals give you brief periods of rest in between exercises, while circuits have you complete numerous exercises back to back without rest. Both are guaranteed to get your heart rate up, build muscle, and burn serious fat. When you’re feeling like nothing you do is getting results, it’s time to tap into beast mode with some circuit or interval training. Your Workout: 20-Minute No Gym Workouta circuit-style workout that requires just your bodyweight.

Tired?

Did you get less-than-stellar sleep last night? Do something that will wake you up by refocusing your energy and stimulating both your mind and body.

Use this quick pilates workout when you need an energizing workout.

Try…Pilates

Like yoga, Pilates can be an invigorating practice that engages both your mind and body through focusing on controlled movements and breathing through a flow of exercises. If you’re feeling tired, re-energize yourself with some Pilates movements that both tone your body and stimulate your mind. Your Workout: Quick Pilates Workout For Beginners 

Well-Rested?

You woke up feeling ready to tackle the day. You’re not dragging like you do some days; you need a workout that will capitalize on your current energy levels and burn tons of calories.

Try…Running

There are so many reasons to love running: the freedom you feel when it’s just you and the open road; the unbeatable calorie-burning results; the endorphins! The next time you’re feeling well rested and ready to go, lace up your shoes and head out for a jog. Try a 1-2 mile run for beginners; go 3 miles if you’ve run before. Your Workout: A 1-3 Mile Jog. (Be sure to safely increase your running mileage.)

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