Katie Holmes recently opened up to a group of women at the Hoka One One “Women Who Fly” panel discussion about self-care and wellness practices. She emphasized exercise as a form of self-care that shouldn’t feel like a chore. It should make you feel good.
“I used to put a lot of pressure [on myself], like ‘Did I work out five times this week?’ and then I was like, ‘I’m going to put this in the category of self-care’ and actually enjoy it, and look at it like that because I don’t have to put the pressure. I do yoga or boxing or cycling, sometimes I run.”
We love this mindset and believe that there is a way for everyone to get their endorphins pumping without feeling the pressure of how many
calories you’re burning.
We’ve gathered up some forms of exercise to help liften your mood and make you feel good.
A heated environment can make the practice of yoga more challenging, but some of the benefits may be worth it, especially if you’re looking to make progress in improving flexibility, building bone density, reducing stress an easing depression.
A traditional Chinese exercise that is practiced worldwide, tai chi can benefit people who experience symptoms of anxiety and depression, and it has been shown to improve immune function as well as to increase the blood levels of feel-good endorphins.
Fired up? Use that fuel for something challenging, like a high-intensity interval training, kickboxing or boxing class. It improves your cardiovascular health, overall body strength and lets you “hit” out all of the negative emotions.
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What new workout are you trying this week to improve your mood? Try your best to view exercise as a gift for your body rather than a chore.
“If you are in a bad mood go for a walk.If you are still in a bad mood go for another walk.”
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