The Best Mood-Boosting Exercises for Recovery

Most of us know that exercise is a quick and healthy way to feel more positive, fit, and generally happier. Working up a sweat while using the cardiovascular system and getting in touch with the body feels good and is good for us. Exercise is known to boost endorphins, which are the chemicals in the body responsible for making us feel positive and happy. At the end of the day, the best exercise for your recovery is the one that you enjoy doing. Working out shouldn’t feel like a chore, so choose a fitness routine that you’re going to look forward to doing, rather than dread. It’s also great to switch up your routine to avoid boredom and keep things interesting. Here are a few of the best mood-boosting exercises.


Yoga involves the combination of breath and movements. It’s a meditative, mind-body practice that comes in many forms. Yoga can actually be a cardio workout if you choose vinyasa flow, hot yoga, or Ashtanga. It improves mood, increases relaxation, boosts strength and flexibility, and makes you more in tune with your mind-body connection. 


Whether you’re riding on a stationary bike or an outdoor trail, cycling is a great way to get your blood pumping and endorphins flowing. You only need about 15-30 minutes of moderate to intense cycling to really feel the effects. If you’ve got a need for speed, cycling might be your new workout.

Weight Training

Weight training is a great way to improve body composition, get focused, and gain mental clarity. There are many types of weight training. Choose one that resonates with you and your body.


Running is a versatile exercise and probably the most well-known when it comes to mood-boosting benefits. Running is versatile, as you can run outside in nature, on a treadmill, or around the block. You might find that your mind clears and you get some great ideas while on the road.

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