Let Out All Your Feels With This Ultra-Satisfying 4-Move Workout

mindbodygreen Editorial Assistant By Sarah Regan
mindbodygreen Editorial Assistant

Sarah Regan is a writer, registered yoga instructor, and Editorial Assistant at mindbodygreen. She received her bachelor's in broadcasting and mass communication from SUNY Oswego, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Among the many benefits of exercise, emotional release is one that doesn't get nearly enough attention. Physical gains are great, but there's definitely something to be said about exercise's impact on our mental health.

And you don't have to work out for hours to get those mood-boosting, emotion-releasing benefits! Here, you'll find a quick and efficient full-body workout (that takes only the length of four songs), created by The Class. Crank up those tunes, and prepare to let it all go.

Move No. 1

Let It Out With This Ultra-Satisfying 15-Minute Workout For Emotional Release
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The soundtrack:

"Electric Love" by Børns

While moving:

Cross the threshold of discomfort and get curious as you witness what's brought up by this simple yet intense repetition. Witness a part of you hiding behind the nuances that comfort provides. Courage doesn't grow there; neither does resilience or strength. Break the loop, the story, the thought that's on repeat, and open up the space for something more.

Move No. 2 

Let It Out With This Ultra-Satisfying 15-Minute Workout For Emotional Release
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The soundtrack:

"Killing Me Softly With His Song" by Fugees

While moving:

Notice the intensity of the movement creating doubt in the mind. Allow your body to continue in the movement. This is the practice of creating strength. Your practice. Come into a child's pose when you are ready. Notice the difference. That feeling of knowing your own ability. Thank you, body.

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Move No. 3 

Let It Out With This Ultra-Satisfying 15-Minute Workout For Emotional Release

The soundtrack:

"Swing (Mahmut Orhan Remix)" by Sofi Tukker

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While moving:

Repeat the move on the beat through the entire song. Complete the move with child's pose, switch sides, and repeat. While moving, consider: Whenever you react with your strongest unseen muscle (will, response, awareness—physically, emotionally, mentally), know that is the muscle you are strengthening.

Move No. 4 

Let It Out With This Ultra-Satisfying 15-Minute Workout For Emotional Release

The soundtrack:

"Shelter" by The xx

While moving:

Follow the movement on the beat for the length of the song. While moving, consider: Your relationship to a feeling is oftentimes dated. You will condition the response by repeating it. Or, acknowledge that it is just a feeling. You have a choice. Redirect the thought, or not. None of this is permanent.

When you're feeling stuck, physically or mentally, one of the very best things you can do is get moving. Hopefully, after your 15-minute aerobic break, you're feeling lighter, more free, and ready to tackle the day.

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