6 Workouts That Make You Feel Good When You're Having The Worst Day Ever

By
Ad failed to load

Some days it can feel like every little thing goes wrong, and it honestly sucks. Between stress, an aggressively long to-do list, and all the other sh*t life often throws your way, you might feel like it's nearly impossible to turn a bad day around. However, there are a few workouts that make you feel good in both your mind and your body, that just might be the cure to those dreadful days.

According to Livestrong, moving your body (especially when you're feeling down) releases mood boosting chemicals called endorphins, which literally make you feel like you're on top of the world. If you exercise on the reg, you totally know what I'm talking about. But, though it's true that any old workout has the potential to make you feel absolutely incredible, opting for mind-body exercises on those crappier days, will take your feel-good hormones to the next level.

Workouts that work your body both physically and incorporate some sort of mental or spiritual aspect are proven to decrease stress and anxiety levels very effectively.

Ad failed to load

So, next time you get into one of those moods and feel like your day just could not get any worse -- try one of these six workouts to turn that frown upside down.

Ad failed to load

Yoga

Giphy

As a yoga instructor, I personally think that squeezing in a calming flow on a hectic day is the best kind of therapy.

In Sanskrit, yoga translates to "union" -- and this is so on point, because your body and mind are literally working in unison as you breathe deeply and move through the postures.

There are multiple types of yoga -- ranging from advanced vinyasa (if you want to sweat out your sorrows), to relaxing yin yoga (if all you need to do is breathe and decompress). Listen to your body, and opt for the one that will make you feel like a million bucks.

Running

Giphy

While running definitely isn't everyone's choice of a stress reliever -- some people absolutely swear by this therapeutic workout. You've probably heard about that magical "runner's high" by now, and it's actually a scientifically proven feeling of total bliss.

According to WebMD, pounding the pavement can lead to euphoria, feelings of invincibility, and reduced mental or physical pain. This is because of the increased secretion of norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin -- all chemicals proven to be able to fight depression.

Guess it's time to lace up those sneakers, fam.

Pilates

Giphy

Pilates is literally the definition of "hurts so good". Emphasis on the "good" (I mean, most times)... This micro movement infused exercise integrates every single muscle in your body, producing stability and mobility -- and essentially making you feel strong as hell.

The feeling you get after slaying a pilates sesh is so awesome, because you feel totally in control of your entire bod. Peace out bad mood.

Ad failed to load

Boxing

Giphy

Boxing is an amazing way to let out pent up anger. It also makes you coordinated and sculpted AF, and most important, it brings a surge of happiness in your brainwaves.

According to Elle, when you hit up boxing classes on the reg, you'll realize that the bag in front of you actually represents all the sh*t that's going on in your life. This causes to you to be able to overcome difficult situations with more ease, and feel mentally and physically unstoppable.

Can you say instant mood-booster?

Dance

Giphy

If you've ever had an impromptu dance-off in your room after a bad day, you know that busting out some killer moves instantly makes you feel a bit better. Extra points for a dance party in your underwear, because who needs pants, amirite?

On the real though, whether you're dancing solo alongside your bed, or hitting up a rigorous class -- this mind body workout is where it's at when you're feeling totally overwhelmed. Learning new moves keeps your brain engaged, and noticing your body's awesome capabilities makes the whole experience so fun and carefree.

Ad failed to load

Must Reads

Your Weekly Horoscope Is Here & Your World Is About To Be Filled With Sunshine

If you've had enough of the sleepy and heavy feeling associated with Taurus season, prepare yourself for a replenishing rush of fresh energy. As of May 20, the sun has officially moved into Gemini, and the weight on your shoulders will finally start …
By Roya Backlund

13 Must-Have Experiences You Should Buy In Your 20s, Instead Of A New Couch

Life is one big experience. When you hit your 20s, though, you start getting pulled in the direction of your responsibilities. It isn't totally a bad thing, but you don't want to get so wrapped into adulting that you forget life's zest. Amazing exper…
By Jasmine Vaughn-Hall

I Tried Kim Kardashian's Weird Beauty Obsession & I Can't Stop Taking Selfies

You've been there before: You're scrolling through your Instagram feed when you see your favorite celeb post about their favorite new product — a face serum, vitamins that will make your skin brighter, or a specialty food service. You can't help but …
By Stephanie Montes

Where You Should Vacation This Summer, According To Your Zodiac Sign

Summer is so much more than just sweating in 90 degree weather and enjoying a long, lazy break from school (if you're lucky enough to still be in school). It's a time for making exciting new plans, falling madly and hopelessly in love, opening your m…
By Roya Backlund

Wander or Bust: The Amalfi Coast May Just Be The Most Beautiful Thing You'll Ever See

Wander or Bust is an Elite Daily travel series that follows young women all over the globe to record their journeys as they experience the thrill of the far-flung and unknown. They'll track their budgets, where they stay, where they eat and drink, a…
By Kaylin Pound

6 Brutally Honest Phases Of Life After A Breakup, Because You Will Survive 

If you've ever been through a bad breakup, you know that the struggle is real. For the weeks (or possibly months, if it was a really bad one) that follow, life can be rough, but there is always light at the end of the tunnel. Don't believe me? Just l…
By Rachel Shatto

Here's How You Can Find Out What Your Aura Color Is

Do you remember that movie Almost Famous? More specifically, the scene where William is trying to have a phone call with his mom, but a clairvoyant Band-Aid keeps shouting "Your aura is purple!" in his face? Well, that was the first time I had ever h…
By Roya Backlund

9 Women In Their 20s Reflect On The Advice They Wish They Had At Graduation

Graduating college can feel seriously scary. You've spent your entire life in school, working and preparing for the moment you enter the real world, but what happens when you get there? What if things don't go totally according to plan? You may have …
By Brittney Morgan

3 Early Signs You Are Going To Have Undeniable Chemistry With Your Crush

I don't know if there's anything better than the excitement of having a new crush — especially when that feeling's reciprocated. The butterflies that rush through your stomach as soon as they enter a room. The electricity that zips through your veins…
By Genevieve Wheeler

A Dentist Reveals The Best Times To Brush Your Teeth & It's Actually So Surprising

Do you brush your teeth twice a day? If you do, you're already way ahead of me, since I usually forget about brushing my teeth before bed at least three out of seven days of the week. I'm so bad about remembering to brush my teeth before bed, that I'…
By Caroline Burke

Emoji Pool Floats Are Here To Match Every Mood You’re In This Summer

Searching for the perfect poolside accessory to lounge around in this summer? This year’s hottest warm weather water trend isn’t a big floppy hat or designer sunglasses — it’s an emoji pool float. That’s right: Your favorite little digital expression…
By Rachel Murphy

Here's How Your Mood & Your Favorite Music Are Secretly Connected, According To Science

If you're someone who's likely to be found with ear buds in her ears at all times, you might not realize just how often you listen to music, or the ways in which it's really affecting you. From your morning commute to the tunes you blast while you co…
By Caroline Burke

This Is How Long It Takes For A Partner To Really Trust You, According To Experts

Trust is easily one of the most important parts of a healthy relationship, but typically, it's not something that's fully there from the start because it takes some time to build. How long it takes for a partner to trust you is a question that doesn'…
By Tayi Sanusi

7 Things You Forgot To Thank Your High School Friends For & Should ASAP

Friends are a dime a dozen, but a solid, genuine group of girlfriends can be difficult to come by. When you find your tribe, you need to stick with them until the end. For some lucky people, your high school friends have been your besties since day o…
By Rachel Chapman

These 3 Zodiac Signs Will Have The Best Week, So Bask In The Glory

It's officially the second week of May, and the warmth of spring has finally arrived. The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and the bright weather is allowing everyone to finally break out their favorite pair of shorts. If you think the gorgeou…
By Roya Backlund

7 Men Reveal What Attracted Them To Their Last Crush & They'll Make You Swoon

He reminded me of Nate Archibald from Gossip Girl. That's legitimately what I found appealing about my most recent crush. Sorry, but it doesn't get any deeper than that. In other instances though, when I'm not trying to live out my lustful, adolescen…
By Sydnee Lyons

A Relationship Expert Reveals His Long-Distance Relationship Survival Guide

"Long-distance relationships are extremely relaxing and easy to navigate," said no one in a long-distance relationship ever. Whether you are bicoastal babes or a quick two-hour train ride apart, distance makes the heart grow fonder, but it also makes…
By Kimmy Foskett

How To Start Reading Tarot When You Have No Clue Where To Begin

I've been practicing tarot almost daily as part of my self-care routine for years. My favorite part of the day is putting on a face mask, pouring myself a blushing mimosa or some coffee, busting out a few crystals, and sitting down to spend a little …
By Minerva Siegel

7 Questions You Should Be Able To Answer About Your Life By The Time You Hit 30

Nobody has all of the answers in life, but you're probably pretty proud of yourself for how far you've come. Somewhere along the way, some of us got the hang of adulting and began to appreciate the unexpected things that come with being 20-something.…
By Marisa Casciano
)}