Confession time: autumn kind of gets me down. The house gets quiet. The schedule gets hectic. Some days, putting on a big smile to coach our BB clients takes a bit more effort than usual. Lucky for me, the awesome attitudes and killer workouts at BB turn my mood around in no time.  There is nothing like a little workout to cure what ails you.

I asked our BB readers to share their fave bad-day cures, and you chimed in with a ton of great ideas to get the blood flowing, the heart pumping and the heart soaring. Thanks for your suggestions!


Here they are, a choose-your-own-adventure list of exercise solutions to relieve stress:

My workout when I am feeling low is mommy and baby bootcamp. Its so nice to be able to work out and still have your baby there. – Susy

I have been doing weights and working out on my elliptical trainer machine in my basement while watching TLC. – Cheryl

In snowy weather I stay in and do some relaxing breathing and stretching; in sunny weather I power walk around the block a few times. – Ann

Relieve stress in the evening or kick off the day right with this simple yoga flow!


I grab my headphones, head down to our treadmill in the basement and run off the blahs — usually the music itself gets me into a better mood. I usually sing along too! – Jennifer

I’m taking the kids for a walk right now. I think the fresh air and adrenaline rush is exactly what I need!!! – CC

Down to the ground for a few push ups. – Sarah

I love going for a walk in nature. It both gets my blood flowing and gives me the chance to remember that there is beauty all around us. – Susan


Getting outside for a workout, even on a rainy day, is an instant mental reboot!


If I can’t get out, I play with my toddler. Chasing her around is a definite workout! – Tara

I [leave] yoga feeling fresh and rejuvenated. I now use it whenever possible. Really, I need it more often then I think. – Lisa

I just do stretches and listen to music. – Angie

I find a channel on TV that reruns “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and then do the “Carleton” dance – that always makes me laugh! – Sharlene

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My go to workout is pushing the kids in the jogging stroller while I am rollerblading! – Sara

When I’m feeling stressed I turn to my beginner TaeBo workout tape (yep, on VHS!). I love the easy moves and I always end up feeling strong and centered by the end. – Josee

Dancing games on the [Nintendo] Wii. It automatically lifts my spirits. – Nicole

When I am feeling low, I try and dance with my kids. I get out some extra energy and work out at the same time. – Kelly


So suck it up and work it out! Did we miss something? Got a go-to workout for a bad day? Share it below!