Meet endorphins, or the most positive hormones cruising around our bodies that can make EVERYONE happy! Endorphins are chemical compounds produced by our brain and spinal cord which are justifiably termed the “endogenous morphine,” or internally produced morphine. They provide pain relief, bring relaxation, joy and a sense of well-being. In this article, we are going to give you tips on how to maintain your good mood for a long time and how to effectively influence your mental well-being with endorphins released during workouts.
Pick an activity that best suits your needs
Has it ever happened to you that you said “absolutely not” to physical activity? It is definitely not a good idea. Physical effort helps to release the highest amount of endorphins, not only during but also after a physical activity. So, what can you do to ensure a regular endorphin rush? Choose an activity that is a real pleasure rather than a chore.
Work out the way you like most – in duo or alone
Pursue a sport discipline where you can be your true self. If you prefer to work out on your own, consider swimming or strength workout. However, if you feel that a workout partner can give you motivation to act and work out on a regular basis, get a class in tennis, squash or martial arts and put it in your diary.
Don’t miss the opportunity to go skating with a training partner during wintertime.
Find time to relax
According to scientists, endorphins are also released when we relax, when we allow ourselves to slow down and focus on our own needs, even for a short while. The happiness hormones can be released during any form of rest. Find your favourite way to relax – you deserve it. It can be an hour with a good read, meditation, going to a salt grotto or an evening listening to your favourite music. There are so many ways to relax!
Laugh – it’s good for your health
We could talk about the benefits of laughter for hours. It relieves pressure, improves your heart function, brings oxygen to your brain, improves concentration and, naturally, it releases endorphins. So, find your kindred spirit at a workout centre, countless reasons to feel happy and laugh at any trips you may make as you give new sport disciplines a try. Endorphins bring all of us together.