Warm Up Your Mood

By K. Aleisha Fetters |

This gentle warmup will get the feel-good endorphins flowing.

You know that exercise is one of the best things you can do for your mood, but when you’re feeling down, it can be hard to get moving. That’s where this routine comes in handy.

Follow along as SilverSneakers Master Trainer Sharlyn Green shares a series of gentle movements that meets you right where you are. If you get to the end of the warmup and want to call it a day, that’s okay! You’ve already done something that’s great for your mental and physical health, so give yourself a pat on the back. But if by the end you’re feeling fired up to move, repeat the routine for up to three total rounds.

How Warm Up Your Mood Works

Clear some open floor space. If you’d like support during any of the exercises, set up near a wall or have a sturdy chair nearby. It’s also helpful to have water, and you should feel free to sip as you need.

All you need to do is press play and follow along.

To keep tabs on your effort, use a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the hardest. You can ramp up or dial down as you need, but you generally don’t want to go higher than 7. As you move, keep breathing, and prioritize good form.

As always, safety is key. The exercises here may be different or more advanced than those you’ll experience in a SilverSneakers class. If you have a chronic condition, an injury, or balance issues, talk to your doctor about how you can exercise safely.

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