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We’re all familiar with endorphins and with the fact that exercising gives us a great feeling from our heads to our toes. Working out – whether it’s walking, jogging, gardening, pilates, yoga, or just cleaning the heck out of our house – makes us feel giddy to be alive! Add that to the health benefits of exercise and we should get our rears in gear a lot more often than we do.
But there’s more.
Something the experts refer to as “Postexercise Euphoria” seems to be the result of naturally occurring cannabinoids – from the family of chemicals that gives marijuana smokers their buzz. A study reported in Prevention Magazine gave the following details:
Researchers asked 24 men to run, ride a bike, or sit for 50 minutes. After the 50 minutes, the researchers took the men’s blood samples. They found high blood levels of the cannabinoid anandamide in the exercisers but not in the sedentary men.
They say that you need at least 20 minutes of aerobic effort to feel the effects of this mood lifting boost, so don’t expect a 10 minute walk to do much for your spirits. While it’s better than nothing, a 20 minute walk would be a much better workout as well as a much higher lift.
This is just more proof that if you’re down in the dumps, you don’t have to stay there – unless you want to.
I have a great post I’d like to throw your way. The title is Relax: 50+ Simple 30-Second Ways to Bring Tranquility To Your Life and it’s a really wonderful compilation of things you can do to bring more peace to your world. Read each one and, when there’s a link – check it out. Utilizing this link and the information provided will be one of the smartest things you do this week.
One more detour: I wrote a book review yesterday on Self Help Daily for Maria Shriver’s wonderful new book, “Just Who Will You Be?” You should read the review, but more importantly, you should read the book. Irregardless of your age, career, fame or fortune – this is an amazing little book that’ll leave a big impact on your world if you’ll give it the chance.
Here’s the link: The Best Thing You Could Buy For the Graduate in Your Life