What's your workout mood?
If the idea of hitting the gym after a tough Monday at work is hanging over your head, banish that thought. You don't have to go to the gym to workout, and if you're not feeling it, chances are you won't fully commit to your workout. One of the best things about exercise is that there are so many different ways you can stay active, so if spin class or an hour on the treadmill won't cut it, why not try another activity? Matching your workout to your mood is you listening to what your body needs. It'll tell you when you're stressed, exhausted or up for a challenge. So, what's your workout mood?
Feeling stressed or overloaded?
Hard day at the office? If the last thing you want to do is go for a run or hit the gym, then why not try a yoga class, or even a yoga session at home? Yoga's breathing exercises and gentle movements work to decrease your blood pressure, lower your heart rate, reduce stress levels (and the level of cortisol your body produces) and increase flexibility. Yoga at bedtime could even help you to sleep better. We recommend a relaxing, low-impact workout such as yoga or pilates for those days when everything's getting on top of you.
Feeling full of energy, excited or buzzing?
Woken up brimming with get-up-and-go? Good for you - make the most of it. Cross Fit classes are high energy and fast paced, exactly what you need on a day like today. Everyone in the class is working hard, which motivates you to reach your fitness goals. Other great high-energy workouts include running, fitness bootcamp or even a treadmill workout - some of the latest classes really get you breaking out in a sweat!
Feeling motivated, determined and up for a challenge?
Sometimes you need to challenge yourself to get out of your comfort zone and achieve those fitness goals. On days where you're really feeling determined, why not head for a ballet barre class? Barre fitness classes are a really intense challenge, where you'll work up a sweat and end up aching in places you didn't think possible. You'll tone and strengthen your core, glutes and legs whilst improving your posture, flattening your tummy, strengthening your lower back and boosting your flexibility. With elements of pilates, ballet and yoga, the bodyweight exercises you perform will give you fast results, but that doesn't mean determination and commitment aren't needed! Check out our ballet barre workout video today to see how the Expertrain team got on at a class...
Waking up in an adventurous mood, whether you're at home or on holiday, called for trying something new. How about an adrenaline-fuelled sport such as rock climbing, abseiling or indoor bouldering? These give you a great upper-body workout which tones and strengthens your shoulders, chest and arms. On holiday abroad? Then you might want to get stuck into watersports or beach volleyball - or try your hand at skiing or snowboarding if you're on a winter sports break.
Feeling happy and relaxed?
Cycling is an excellent full-body workout, if you make the effort, and if you're already feeling happy, it can boost your mood even further. Fresh air, sunshine (to top up those vitamin D levels) and friends to cycle with can all turn a bike ride into a great day out. Whether you're cycling as a means of transport - to get to work or to a social event - or just for fun and fitness, biking is a feel-good activity.
If you're feeling sad, blue, depressed or even anxious, it can be difficult to motivate yourself to get up off the sofa and workout - Netflix usually seems like a more appealing option. If you're really not feeling up to the gym or going for a morning run, don't push yourself. There's no point giving up half way through a workout, so why not try swimming instead? Swimming can improve your mood, help you to feel more relaxed and provides a full-body workout, boosting your heart rate. If all else fails, we can think of worse ways to spend an afternoon than floating in a pool!
Keep it varied
Remember, varying your workouts can help you to stay motivated - if you get bored of the gym everyday, it's more likely you'll give up on reaching your health and fitness goals. Switch up your workouts according to your mood and your mind and body will get what they need, whether that's a high-energy, high-impact Cross Fit class or a relaxing yoga session before bed!