Emotion: Anger and Frustration We've all been angry and frustrated at some point and time. Something happens and work and it takes all you have not to yell and throw something. Your kids were created with this amazing ability to know exactly what buttons to push to send you over the edge. You're driving down the road and some moron cuts you off and drives like a crazy person. Workout Solution: Boxing, Kickboxing and Marital Arts You'll release anger with every punch, kick and jab. Imagine the target of your anger as you do a set of 12 front kicks! Besides getting your anger out you’ll blast calories with these cardio workouts. And besides actually making contact with pads, targets, and shields (a major stress and anger releaser!), you’ll gain gaining confidence, discipline, and focus. Emotion: Loneliness When you feel lonely sitting around and throwing a pity party does nothing to fix the situation. It takes going out and socializing and putting yourself around people. Workout Solution: Group Exercise Classes or Boot Camps Exercising with a group of people who are all following the same routine and all have similar goals can really make you feel like you're a part of something bigger than yourself. You get a chance to meet new friends and develop relationships that like minded people striving for similar goals. Emotion: Boredom Do you ever get bored doing the same routines? Find yourself feeling like a mouse on a wheel? Even find yourself dreading working out because you know just what to expect? Workout Solution: Zumba, Working Out Outdoors, New Program If your bored with your current routine then change it up! Add in a Zumba class a couple times a week for some fun, challenging and never boring cardio. If your tired of running on the treadmill then get outside and go for a run with better scenery and a change of pace. If your bored with the same old exercises and not sure whatelse to do get with a personal trainer and let them show you new things that will challenge and push you out of that rut. You can always add in a bootcamp as well to change things up, make it fun and keep you motivated and going. Emotion: Depression and Anxiety Depression can be a very serious condition that affects millions of people each year. For some their depression becomes so severe that they require medication, but for the majority of the others that suffer from depression exercise is one of the best treatments. Exercise can switch on certain genes that increase the brain's level of galanin, a peptide neurotransmitter that appears to tone down the body's stress response by regulating another brain chemical, norepinephrine.The result is that exercise primes the brain to show less stress in response to new stimuli. The hardest part is when you have anxiety or depression, exercise often seems like the last thing you want to do. But once you get motivated, exercise can make a big difference. Workout Solution: Group Classes, Boot Camp, Running, and Biking Because strong social support is important for those with depression, joining a group exercise class may be beneficial. Or you can exercise with a close friend or your partner. In doing so, you will benefit from the physical activity and emotional comfort, knowing that others are supportive of you. Getting out and enjoy nature is also very helpful and benefitical. The fresh air and sunlight can be very theraputic, especially for those who are suffering from Seasonal Affect Disorder.