How to Uplift Your Mood During Exercise

Exercising is a way to improve both your mind and your body at the same time.

Get moving.

Some runners experience euphoria known as the “runner’s high” which is triggered by high endorphin levels while exercising. But you don’t have to run to get the sensation. “Anything that raises your heart rate, like spinning or swimming, will create the same feeling.” says sports psychologist Misia Jervis. Work out at 70 percent of your heart rate – you should feel slightly breathless and warm, but still be able to carry a conversation. Get moving for at least 30 minutes. That’s how long it takes to get your mood-boosting endorphins pumping round your body.

Listen to music

There’s strong evidence that your favorite tunes can boost your mood and make you train harder.
Build up gradually.

If you go straight from doing nothing to running a marathon, you won’t find joy, you’ll find pain. If you push yourself too hard, you’re likely to stop before you get to the physiological state where your body produces the endorphins.