A personal trainer on the best workout for your mood.


Prescription for: brain fog, take 1 x cycle class.

Brain fog, stuck for ideas or need to mull over a problem? A mindless activity like a cycle class or jumping on the treadmill could help clarify your thoughts.

I’ve taken my fair share of this medication and it almost always works. I don’t know if it’s something to do with more oxygen pumping around your brain or the change of scenery that helps you think differently. 

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Prescription for: annoyed as f**k, take 1 x yoga class.

The mental effect that the focused breathing yoga is famous for is a sure antidote to your irritation. 

There’s a reason you’re told to “take a deep breath” when you’re losing your s**t. That injection of oxygen helps calm your nerves and, for a brief moment, focus your attention on breath rather than whatever (or whoever) is annoying you.

Prescription for: Groundhog Day, take 1 x something new! 

Routine is good, especially when it comes to adherence to your fitness routine, but it can be less than inspiring if you have been doing the same thing for what for what feels like forever. 

Time to shake it up: try a new group fitness class, hire the services of a personal trainer or even something as simple as exercising at a different time of the day could be enough to re-inspire you.

Prescription for: energised, take 7 x anything! 

When it comes to your workout and you feel AH-MAZING, you gotta milk that energy for all it’s worth – we know these days don’t come around often. 

So if you do happen to be having one of these unicorn days, supercharge your workout with the goals you have been trying to achieve. Is your goal to do a push-up on your toes? Try it today. Is your goal running on the treadmill an extra  five
minutes? Try it today. Is your goal to squat an extra 5kg? Then you know what to do damn it! 

As you can see, there really is a workout for every mood. 

Marie has been a fitness industry professional since 2005 and currently owns 12RND Fitness in Canberra. She is a qualified Personal Trainer, Les Mills group fitness instructor, and CrossFit coach. You can follow her on Instagram.

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