Five mood-boosting exercises to burn calories and make you feel good during lockdown

With gyms still closed and lockdown still very much a thing, it can be hard to get motivated.

As part of the easing of lockdown restrictions, the government are allowing unlimited outdoor exercise in England.

This is in recognition of how important exercise is for physical health and mental wellbeing.

From listening to music to getting more sunlight, there are plenty of ways of getting serotonin, a hormone which signals to the brain when you’re feeling happy.

But one of the quickest ways to release serotonin is exercise – particularly the ones in this article.

Steven Virtue, Fitness Content and Programming Manager at Total Fitness, has shared five exercises for boosting mood while also burning calories.

Try them outside in the sunshine and stick some headphones to listen to some uplifting tunes.

Dancing



Dancing will burn calories and make you feel good

Dancing is a great form of aerobic exercise that gets the blood pumping and the heart-rate up.

Pair the physical challenges of this energetic activity with the mood-boosting benefits of music and you’ve already ticked two of the serotonin product boxes.

And you don’t have to be a professional dancer.

Simply having a go is enough to burn some serious calories and get the serotonin flowing.

Running




Running is one of those love it or hate it exercises that really divides people, but like many things in life, it can become enjoyable with a little practice.

This form of exercise is one of the best ways to produce serotonin naturally.

For those struggling to keep at it, there are resources available that can help you structure your running development, such as the NHS Couch to 5K.

Cycling



Cycle
It’s fun to cycle together

During lockdown you can make the most of your hour outside by getting on your bike and giving your legs a good workout.

Whether you’re living with a housemate or looking for ways to occupy the kids, cycling is something that can be hugely enjoyable as a group activity.

Remember, the harder you work the more serotonin your body will produce, so if you’re in need of a bigger boost, opt for a more challenging route with inclines or simply take the longer route.

Yoga



Yoga
Yoga is a great way to reduce anxiety and stress

Yoga is a fantastic way to reduce anxiety and stress levels thanks to its combination of calming breathing techniques and muscle-relaxing stretches that release physical tension.

The combination of deep targeted breathing and slow stretching helps to relieve physical tension in the body and slow down the heart-rate, both of which aid relaxation and will have you feeling better in no time.

A brisk walk



Walk
A brisk walk can be a good option if you’ve got an injury

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that walking is exercise and, just like other activities that get you moving, walking also helps the body produce happy endorphins.

Waking is ideal for those who are new to exercise or are living with injuries.

Upping the pace of the walk will stimulate the production of serotonin.

In addition, 30 minutes of brisk walking will also burn between 100-300 calories.

If you add music to your walk in the sunshine, it will be a fantastic mood-booster.

Source: dailystar.co.uk

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