Don’t we all like to be happy all the time? During this time, I feel it would be a good opportunity to share some hope and bring some joy while we are locked in our own house! The main hormone that triggers happiness in our body is endorphin. So this week, let’s talk about a couple of natural (and legal) ways to release endorphins in our body.
I’m pretty sure we’ve all hit a low point in our lives before, whether it’s a terrible break up, someone passing away or when you’ve lost all hope. During those times we may have stuffed ourselves with our favourite food. Eating is often a go to way for people to cheer up during these hard times. That is because eating your favour meal triggers your brain to release feel good hormones like endorphins! But don’t go overboard as we know there are bigger health complications due to obesity!
This is one that I personally do whenever I’m not feeling at 100%. That is exercise. Exercise is a great way for you to forget about all your problems for a short period of time. That is because all forms of exercise triggers the body to release endorphin. This can be anything from cardio training, weight training, HIIT training or even sports. Perhaps it is a good time to release all the negative energy and use it as fuel to get fit and feel good at the same time.
There is something special about Mother Nature. Nature literally mother’s us when we are down and helps us feel better. Going out doors is a great way to release endorphin. Especially, in a place which is nice and empty. Although it is difficult in this time right now, a simple method is to go out in your garden and enjoy the sunshine. That’ll have to do for the time being!
LOL literally laugh out loud. Why do we laugh? Usually something happy or funny happens. When we laugh out loud, our brain releases so much endorphins that it can even increase our pain threshold. Use this opportunity to binge watch on a comedy like Friends or Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Those shows will crack you up.
I have just listed 4 ways to raise endorphin levels while we are all being quarantined. These are difficult times but if we all just stick together as a nation, we are bound to go through this tough patch! Hopefully, these 4 tips will help you cheer your day up and bring you hope!
If you’ve had no time during the week and you’re looking to fit in a quick, solid sweat, here’s your go-to do anywhere workout. It’s a great way to maintain muscle mass, keep your metabolism going and more!
Full-body movement everyday is important whether it be cycling, running, climbing, walking or this awesomely time-efficient workout. Here it is:
5 reps of each of the following 5 movements = 1 circuit.
Repeat for a total of 3 circuits (add or subtract 1 based on your conditioning level and available time).
1-2 minutes rest between circuits.
Stand with feet shoulder width apart and arms out in front of you.
Keep your core engaged and your tailbone tucked in.
Lower yourself by pushing your hips back and keeping your feet pointing straight.
Push weight through your heels and midfoot when pushing yourself back upright.
Add more reps.
Hold something decently heavy like a dumbbell or a bag full of things.
Start on the floor with your arms extended in front of you, your hands directly under your shoulders and your fingers pointing forward.
Maintain a straight line form your head to your heels.
Keep your elbows in and externally rotate your hands so that your elbow creases are pointing forward (imagine twisting the ground outward) and lower yourself.
Add more reps.
Stand with feet shoulder width apart and arms behind your head.
Keep your core tight, back straight, knees slightly bent and weight on your heels.
Bend at the waist by pushing your hips back until you feel a little stretch in your hamstrings (behind your thighs).
Extend your arms up overhead.
Loop a resistance band behind your neck with the other end under your feet.
Single-Arm Dumbbell Row
Find a chair and get into a split stance with your right foot forward (knee bent) and left foot straight and back. Place your right hand on the chair and hold the weight in your left hand.
Keep your core tight, tailbone tucked and weight on your front foot (right) heel.
Pull weight to your lower ribs and lock your shoulder blade down.
Complete 5 reps on each side.
Add more reps.
Add more weight.
Start on all fours.
Push with toes to bring your knees off the floor.
Keep pelvis stable and centred.
Crawl with your right arm and left leg moving up together.