As years go by, I am more and more convinced that exercise and happiness go hand in hand. If I don’t have my regular exercise, I simply don’t feel good.

Research has also proved the impact of regular exercise on the well-being of the body and the mind. Exercise reduces stress, alleviates anxiety, improves the quality of sleep and prevents numerous illnesses.

What then is the best way to exercise in order to maximise well-being? I believe there’s a unique solution for all of us. It is important to listen to your body and find a sport that best suits you.
The hormone cycle also affects how we should exercise. Before ovulation, we are often energetic and enjoy a harder workout.

Before menstruation, it is beneficial to engage in exercise that balances the body and mind, and during menstruation, the body should be allowed to rest. Stress is cumulative, and stressful times call for recovery exercise instead of pushing your body to the limits.

In the past few years, it has been difficult for me to commit to a strict workout schedule. I’d rather select my sports and workouts based on my mood. After a busy day, I usually opt for a long walk by the sea, after which I do some pilates and yoga.

When my body is longing for a tougher workout, I often head for the tennis court. If I can’t find a partner, I may run up some stairs in a nearby park and mix it up with some jumps. Running up stairs allows me to break a sweat in less than half an hour and feel strong.

I often enjoy solitary workouts where I can get lost in my thoughts. That may mean, however, that I can’t stop thinking about the day’s events and my to do list while I’m working out.

For me, the best way to clear my head is a game of basketball or a great dance lesson. If I’m focusing on a game or a piece of choreography, there’s no room for other thoughts. Sometimes, dancing can clear the mind even better than yoga.

Trying out new sports boosts my dopamine levels. Every autumn, I dream of a new hobby. I would like to engage in reformer pilates, afro dance and possibly some type of a team sport each week. I believe that would be an ideal combination to increase my happiness.

Have you considered the type of exercise that suits you the best right now? Are you looking for some company or “me time”? Does your mind need more stimuli or peace and quiet? Which type of exercise would best increase your well-being, and why not try it this week?