Whether you are looking to perk up, calm down, feel on top of your game, or just feel a whole lot better, there’s a workout that will help you get there. Here are four workouts that will boost your mood as well as your metabolism.

  • Yoga: Yoga combines physical activity with breath to reduce stress, control weight, relieve lower back pain and enhance focus. It can help fortify your awareness of movement, balance and intention, in addition to strengthening your body. Added benefits are that yoga practice is associated with increased levels of GABA, an amino acid and neurotransmitter that can help reduce anxiety. Slow, deep yogic breathing increases oxygen flow, which leads to optimal functioning of all your organs—including your brain.
  • Pilates:  After a pilates class you will not only feel like you’ve gained five inches in height or have the poise of a ballerina, but you’ll have strengthened your core muscles and increased flexibility and awareness. Through the process of extended movements and resistance, pilates transforms the way your body looks, feels and preforms. The biggest benefit of pilates that will boost anyone mood are the added zzz’s. People who report having problems sleeping are sometimes just having a hard time relaxing since good sleep is difficult to achieve when you’re stressed and can’t wind down. Pilates can give you that relaxation you need.
  • Chi Movement: Unlike other strenuous workouts, Chi Movement is not about sweating and puffing. Instead, it focuses on feeling calm, refreshed and energized by incorporating key components of Tai Chi, Chi Gong and I Chi Flow. Unlike calisthenics, these integral movements enhance life energy slowly by progressively making the body more flexible, reducing stress and putting you in an overall better state of mind.
  • Zumba: After a Zumba class you will not only feel a million times better, but you’ll feel the Latin flare. Zumba fitness is a mixture of Latin dance, hip-hop, belly dancing and Reggaeton (a form of Latin hip-hop) choreography designed to tone the body and strengthen your abs, all while feeling like you are at a dance party instead of sweating through a workout. Who doesn’t love dancing?

Next time you are feeling a little blue and need a little pick me up try one of these mood-boosting workouts. Better yet, come join us at Travaasa Austin or Travaasa Hana for a relaxing and inspiring weekend retreat.