The relationship between mood and exercise

Let’s face it, we all know that working out can impact your mood, but we want to flip things around for a second. We are looking at how your mood impacts your workout. It should go without saying that your mood will impact your workout.

It has been widely shared that exercising has the ability to positively impact so many things including our wellbeing, so, how does our wellbeing impact the quality of our workout?

Have you ever noticed how when you exercise and get into the zone, time flies? Even if the session started slow, once you get into it the task will become less tedious. Following this train of thought, surely starting your workout session with a positive mood will produce a more fruitful experience.

The Facts

Research has found that athletes going through an emotional experience tend to have better performance, often resulting in a new personal best. One study found that a fight with a loved one can fuel your aggression and push you further than ever before. Using this emotion as a driving force can be powerful. However, it is worth mentioning that this can swing towards the opposite, leaving the athlete distracted and unable to perform.

Exercise is a powerful mood booster, so imagine what could be achieved when starting each session with a positive mindset? Procrastination and a lack of motivation may become a thing of the past, driving you to exceed your own expectations.

In the same breath, if you are feeling unmotivated and negative, trying to workout may not be the best idea. Being distracted can lead to injury and prevent you from performing in the best possible condition. If a bad mood can motivate you, then go for it. If it will demotivate you, rather give it a skip. You know yourself best, use your discretion when it comes to using emotions to power your success.

It All Starts With A Single Step

When you start to feel overwhelmed and need an outlet to channel your emotions, why not give a quick walk or jog a try? It is not about working in an entire mammoth session, but rather, an opportunity to take a break from it all to process what you are feeling.

What starts as a simple break from reality, like playing at sites, can become a healthy coping mechanism. Once it forms a habit, you will find yourself feeling more positive and motivated to succeed.

It could be a simple matter of working in a 5-minute run or dedicating one day a week to processing the week’s events. The options and opportunities to get up and moving are endless, all you need to do is find something to drive you. Knowing how to process your emotions is an important life skill and finding constructive ways of doing so is important.