The one a lot of us love to hate…
#1 Prolonged, Continuous Exercise
Movement is one of the quickest and most powerful ways to boost your endorphins!
Get outside and MOVE YOUR BODY. Get that blood flowing on a daily basis and watch how your life starts to change. Studies have shown that continuous exercise like running (runner’s high, anyone?), cycling, skiing, swimming and aerobics produces the most endorphins out of all the different kinds of exercises. However, ANY form of movement will give you a flood of happiness-boosting endorphins so find what works for you and do it daily!
#2 Physical Contact
As human beings we tend to want physical comfort when we are hurting. Hugs, an arm around our shoulders, a hand to hold… all of these things help the body produce more endorphins. You don’t have to be “huggy” or “touchy feely”, but get a good hug from a friend or loved one when you’re feeling down instead of turning to things like food and alcohol.
Endorphins are able to help us “numb” areas of pain that stem from emotions or physical discomforts in the body. Being close to someone you trust can significantly improve mood and soothe hurts from a long challenging day.
#3 Making Love
Here’s a big one. Did you know that endorphin production can increase 200% during intimate activity?
It’s thanks to endorphins that we get that blissed-out, high feeling during and after sex.
In a 10-year study involving 3500 people, Dr. David Weeks, a neuropsychologist found that men and women who have sex four to five times a week look more than 10 years younger than the average person, who has sex twice a week.
10 years is a pretty significant difference!
However, he found that indulging in promiscuous sex did not have the same benefits of enjoying loving sex in a long-term relationship and it was more likely to promote the aging process rather than reduce it.
I’m sure you were probably expecting this one! Chocolate is one of the most popular endorphin-producing foods on earth. It is known by the Greeks as “food of the Gods”.
Chocolate actually mimics marijuana’s soothing effects on the brain. I would highly recommend going for dark, real chocolate as it contains the most benefits. Watch out for popular chocolate brands that contain a lot of “stuff” besides actual chocolate.
A piece of chocolate a day keeps the mood swings away… or something like that. I’m probably preaching to the choir here!
Ginseng has been shown to balance the release of stress hormones and boost the production of endorphins.
Another great thing about ginseng? It is said to help delay fatigue. Throw a bit in your next juice recipe and tell me if it works!
For the full article – including the other 7 ways to boost endorphins – see Healthy-Holistic-Living.com
Image from the same article.