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Bust Your Bad Mood with Exercise

Use Fitness, Not Food, to Change Your State of Mind


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  • Be active any way you can, every day that you can.
  • I have always noticed that exercise helps my moods -- easy way to help.
    I think these are great suggestions, and perhaps can be helpful.

    I will testify, however, that exercise isn't THE answer to chronic stressors. Those really need to be addressed at an emotional level - spiritual, too, if that doesn't set your hairs on end.

    Combining healthy eating and exercise with good emotional support and recovery, however, is a powerful mix. It's not by any means a cure, but it certainly helps way more than isolating, being lethargic and eating unhealthy.
  • I'm lonely a lot. Group classes aren't enjoyable, because I worry that people are making fun of me. I have a gym membership but have no desire to exercise in public. Actually, I have no desire to exercise at all.
  • This is an extremely smart and useful article. I plan to use it every day. Good work.
  • A lot of times I need a DVD or workout with an instructor with a good sense of humor. Also, for me the music is essential - and I love variety in that regard.
  • I love the way this article breaks down the kind of activities that could address whatever your dealing with.
    Good stuff! Thank you!
  • Love this - all great ideas. I found myself so angry yesterday morning that I just didn't know what to do. Breaking something has never been a good option. So I put on my tennis shoes, got Daisy ready and out we went for the fastest walk around the block (it's a very large block) that we've ever taken. But, I felt so much better when we got home!
  • Good advice to remember. I had some stress issues this week and should have just walked it out.
  • Good ideas here, but the suggestion about imagining that you are hitting the object of your anger when practicing martial arts is bad advice. The Japanese words kara te mean empty hand, and the empty part refers to more than just a hand with nothing in it: the empty mind is what gives karate its power and speed. Any martial art exercise should be treated as a meditation, and the object of your attention should be the task you are doing: focus your mind on your body. This is what used to be called paying attention to what you're doing instead of daydreaming (i.e., imagining you're hitting something or someone). This is as important as the physical part of the exercise (if not more so). And it should work just fine at reducing stress or anger or whatever, because meditation tends to have that effect.
  • Awesome article!
  • Great article! I'm definitely going to come back to this time and time again for the suggestions and reminders!
  • Love this. One of the biggest things I'm learning is that 1) I used to use food to medicate a lot of stress, anxiety, boredom, frustration... and 2) running wipes out those negative emotions, leaving me so much better able to negotiate my day-to-day life (without the need for unhealthy coping tools).
  • Great article! It is helpful to see the suggested exercise broken down by what to do based on how a person is feeling. Love that!

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