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The workout quickfix for a bad day

health-and-fitness Updated: Nov 01, 2012 01:10 IST
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Play your favourite music while working out. If you feel bored at the gym, hit the park or your garden. An open air workout or ‘green exercise’ is highly rejuvenating, and saves you from boredom of a monotonous gym routine. Working out in groups can also give your mood a lift. Try and form a workout group, or plan a workout routine along with your spouse.

Had a bad day? Add a few minutes to your workout to boost your mood. A new US research says that hitting the gym for a slightly longer, harder workout than usual can boost up your mood and self-esteem. Researchers from Penn State recruited two groups of university students, with the first group of 190 subjects recording answers to questions about their life, self-esteem, and physical activities in a journal every day for eight days. The second group, consisting of 63 subjects, entered the same information daily into a secure website for 14 days.

“Shifts in depression, anxiety, and stress would be expected to influence a person’s satisfaction with life at any given point in time,” says David Conroy, professor of kinesiology. “Fatigue can be a barrier to engaging in physical activity, and a high body mass index associated with being overweight may cause a person to be less satisfied in a variety of ways.” By controlling for these factors, the researchers said they were able to determine that the amount of physical activity a person undertakes in a particular day could directly influence his or her satisfaction with life. “Exercising a little harder than usual is a way to boost satisfaction with life,” says Conroy.

US researchers found that working up a good sweat can soothe anxiety and prep you for a stressful or emotional event or experience.

(WITH INPUTS FROM HTC)