Stressed or excited? Let your mood decide your fitness mode! – Health shots
From one day to the next, our morale is as changeable as an autumn sky – sometimes dark, sometimes bright. Fortunately, sport helps us find a good ‘mood’ by meeting our current needs. Whether you may be Stressed, tired, nervous or impatient, you should find those ways to stay fit that suit your mood of the moment.
Do you grapple to get out of bed in the morning, and even your makeup fails to hide your lack of sleep? It’s best to concentrate on hour mind and body activities. Focus on breathing and pay attention to your body, relaxation and meditation. The choice is vast: yoga, Pilates, body balance, floor bar, tai chi, and more.
The “Zen” dimension of these activities spreads in us and cultivate a form of inner serenity which recharges our batteries. Another advantage is that these are gentle activities for the joints and therefore, more suitable for avoiding injury in the event of fatigue.
Choose an intense sport that lets off steam: Cross training, body attack, indoor cycling, swimming, squash, running and more.
These moderate to high intensity sports make us sweat, burn calories and require a lot of energy. You feel drained, but lighter at the exit.
This is when you should look for a sport to let off steam: jump rope, bootcamp, swimming or, even better, combat sports: boxing, karate, judo, Krag Maga , kung fu, etc.
If you tick a little at the idea of hitting an opponent or a punching bag, you should choose a fitness version without impact, such as cardio boxing or body combat.
These activities are focused on explosiveness, cardio or inspired by martial arts. They are perfect for bringing down the negative and finding inner calm.
Pressure at work or study deadlines can all be stressful. Anxiety also tires us out and ends up slyly lodging itself in our trapezius muscles. This is when we must look for a sport to eradicate stress and release tension.
In the ‘soft’ version, we opt for yoga and other relaxing activities, but nothing beats a good cardio session: running, aqua biking, body attack, body combat, gym, circuit training, bootcamp or swimming.
Gentle gymnastics works the body in depth and gently. It helps to dissipate muscular tensions, loosen the joints, improve posture and relax. As for cardio, it lets off steam and allows us to eliminate both the toxins and the stress that undermines us.
More broadly, the practice of any physical activity whatsoever, releases hormones of well-being – the famous endorphins.
Opt for a sport that encourages you to push the limits and sets you for small challenges. Another option is team sports (basketball, volleyball and football) which help to open up to others.
These activities help us get out of our comfort zone. In unknown territory, we gradually strengthen our self-confidence. In the case of team sports, we learn to think collectively, to trust others. More broadly, group sports help to bond and to express oneself.
If you want things fast to have time to fix everything we have placed in our “to do list”, choose express training in short formats of 30 minutes, 45 minutes – indoors, HIIT, abs, buttocks and circuit training express. It would be nice to choose aqua-fitness activities.
As effective as one-hour workouts but more intense (apart from abs and buttocks), short formats are well-suited to city dwellers and busy mothers with packed schedules. These are also useful in case of temporary demotivation!
Beyond the gloom, you will need a dose of “fun”! Go for a sport that will boost optimism and make you a smile. Rely on warm, friendly atmospheres that send the gloom waltzing like the Swedish Fit, the trampoline.
Go for “feel good” sport activities, or indulge in dance forms such as modern jazz, classical, Latin, zumba, fitness dance and hip-hop.
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The playful and happy spirit of these activities and the expressiveness of the dance help clear your head and let go of everyday life.
If you don’t want to see people, you can count on a running outing (even in winter or in the rain with the right equipment ) which will boost your morale.
Shivani Sikri is an internationally renowned award-winning Dietician & Nutritionist, Columnist, Blogger & Nutrigenomics counsellor. She is also a Co-Founder and Chief Nutritionist at Nutri4Verve.
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