You slept through your alarm, left your packed lunch at home, dropped a dumbbell on your foot and spilled a coffee down your brand new, white top. All in all, a bad day.
And according to recent stats, you’re likely to have 60 of these days in the next 365.
Yep, a survey of 2000 people by fitness app Freeletics found that the average American has two months worths of bad days each year. They found a few reason behind the miserable moods and work related stress topping the list with 80 percent of respondents saying it was the number one cause. Sleep issues was next, with 67 percent of those surveyed revealing a bad night’s was to blame for bad day.
While we LOVE cancelled plans for 34 percent of people, plans falling through was a major downer. For some, bad hair days are turning into bad days all round with 25 per cent of people claiming terrible tresses were at fault. Sickness and money woes were also the cause of a crappy day.
Afterwards, 50 percent of respondents turned to unhealthy treats and 34 percent hit the booze but the best way to slash that 60 figure is exercise, Freeletics says.
Of those who exercise, 95 percent said working out after a bad day makes them feel better.
And research agrees.
A landmark study led by the Black Dog Institute found that small amounts of exercise, regardless of intensity, can help prevent future depression. Published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, the largest and most extensive study of its kind found that even one hour of working out – whether it's a gentle stroll or slogging it out at F45 – each week can improve mental health. So even making a habit of going for a walk each day will add up to have serious benefits. Adding yoga into your exercise repertoire is also a good idea – research has found it to modulate stress response systems, helping with anxiety and depression.