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Endorphins—named as endogenous morphine—are the feel good hormones that flood your body with happiness and well-being in response to exercise.
Laughing out loud or even simply smiling can put the squeeze on your endorphin pump. These hormones can be boosted easily, without much effort. There are just a few tricks to follow so you can instantly feel happier and livelier. Of course, a few lifestyle tweaks are needed. A better diet and workout regime are definitely required for you to be happier and healthier.
Think of children breaking into a run. The first thing that happens to their face is it breaks into a huge grin often punctuated by squeals of delight. Get a group of adults at a conference up doing a quick round of chair squats, and the same thing happens.
Movement frees up joy. LeAura Alderson, founder, MyTrainerFitness.com
Here are FIVE most convenient—yet extremely effective—ways to increase those endorphins levels in your body, from Get The Gloss, an expert health and beauty website.
1. KEEP ON MOVING
“Not only is exercise great for keeping our hearts strong and our weight healthy, but studies have shown that when we exercise we produce increased levels of endorphins and serotonin (happy hormones) which improve our moods and energy levels,” says GP Dr Anita Sturnham. “Exercising daily could have as much as an effect on your happiness as it does on your waistline.
“Aim to do some form of exercise 3-4 times a week for at least 30 minutes at a time. This doesn’t have to mean a workout in a gym either. A brisk walk, gardening, dancing, getting off the bus or tube stop early and walking the rest of the way all count as exercise.
“The fundamental meditation principles of quiet thought, contemplation and reflection offer an antidote to stressful and hectic 21st century living,” says psychologist and Buddhist Elaine Slater. “The process of meditation stimulates the release of endorphins, thus turning off stress hormones and lowering cortisol levels associated with the fight or flight stress response.
“Meditation triggers the hypothalamus; stimulating the pituitary gland to release endorphins, promoting relaxation, self-healing and overall wellbeing.”
Best Fit Life TIP: Try guided meditations. We enjoy those by Deepak and Oprah, and we learned of some great free meditations on YouTube from a friend, amazing fantasy artist, Eeva Nikunen. Eeva uses these regularly to help inspire her art and we’ve enjoyed them as well.
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3. GET OUTDOORS
“Lack of daylight can reduce our vitamin D levels and a deficiency in vitamin D is thought to have an impact on our mood,” explains Dr Sturnham. “Known as the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D is produced by the body in response to skin being exposed to sunlight. It also occurs naturally in a few foods – including some fish, fish liver oils, and egg yolks – and in fortified dairy and grain products.
“Vitamin D is needed for the production of brain chemicals such as dopamine and norepinephrine and acetylcholine. These brain chemicals are known to improve and increase attention span, and its concentration in the brain is directly correlated with the ability to focus for sustained periods of time.”
Best Fit Life TIP: Try exercising outdoors in the fresh air, just a brisk walk can make a difference, or fast circuits at a park or your in yard or driveway. We like My Trainer Fitness for Outdoors 6 packs.
“Leafy greens in all their varieties, (kale, spinach, broccoli, arugula) since they contain plenty of B vitamins that tend to be depleted in stress. High levels of the stress hormone cortisol actually reduce levels of serotonin,” says Eve. “In particular, B6 supports the production and functioning of both serotonin and dopamine. And since these are generally considered to be a good source of antioxidants, this helps prevent damage of neurons (brain cells) for better cognitive functioning overall.”
B6 supports the production and functioning of both serotonin and dopamine.
5. CONSCIOUS DEEP BREATHING
“Regular, daily practice of controlled deep breathing, such as conscious diaphragmatic breathing instantly turns on the branch of the autonomic nervous system responsible for restorative rest, repair and recovery,” says Elaine Slater. “It is a proven way of interrupting the body’s stress response and re-balancing the nervous system by releasing neurotransmitters such as endorphins into the body.”
Meditation is “in” for Millennials
These five ways of boosting endorphins can easily fit into your daily schedule. They don’t take much time. They don’t require much effort on your part. The results are, however, amazing. Not only will you be more productive at your work, but you will also feel more confident and active in your daily life. It is also an effective remedy to constant drowsiness.
The sensation of well-being that you experience from exercise and meditation perpetuates every aspect of your life. AND, meditation can actually aid in weight loss!
“Millennials are picking up where their baby boomer parents left off. You know… The Beatles, Maharishi… Peace, Love, and Om. Millennials are taking everything to the next level, and boomers are rediscovering dreams set aside.
Millennials and boomers alike, are incorporating meditation practices of all kinds as part of their daily rituals. Oprah and Deepak have their large library of options and technology and science are merging with physiology, to create powerful meditation and mind-body tools.” LeAura Alderson, founder BoomersReinvented.com
ARTICLES & SOURCES
The Feel Good Factor- 20 Ways to Boost Your Endorphins, GetTheGloss.com
Meditation is “in” for Millennials, BestFitLife.com
Meditation for Weightloss, MyTrainerFitness.com
Free Meditations on YouTube
PRODUCTS on Amazon:
Oprah & Deepak’s 21 Day Meditation Trio