The Joy Workout

Have a ball getting fit with these mood-boosting, body-sculpting moves.

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Boost your mood

You know how you drag yourself to the gym, only to come out feeling happier than you’ve felt in days? That’s the magic of working out: It prompts your brain to release those feel-good neurotransmitters, serotonin and endorphins. What’s more, that afterglow you get from a single sweat session can last all day, according to a recent study from the University of Vermont.

But why wait? Have fun while you sweat—plus torch calories, build strength, and improve balance—with this playful 30-minute ball workout from trainer Marc Santa Maria, based on his hot Ultimate Ball class at Crunch in New York City. Do it 3 times a week for 4 weeks. You’ll not only boost your mood but also tone up and see all-over muscle definition.

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