You’ve heard about the mind-body-spirit connection, right? It turns out there is some real, practical SCIENCE involved. It’s science that will have you lacing up your workout sneakers AND inspire you to pick up some weights!
Have you heard about “hope molecules”?
These are real, live molecules that are in your body – and they get released when you exercise, specifically when your muscles contract.
They are called myokines, and they’re a BIG topic of research. They can affect your mood, your immune system, and basically every organ in your body (even your brain). Myokines are special chemicals that your muscles create and secrete when you contract them.
They travel through your bloodstream to your brain, and they act as an antidepressant, make you feel less stressed, and can help you learn.
PLUS … myokines can help:
- Reduce inflammation
- Control blood sugar
- Battle cancer cells
- Improve brain function
- Burn more fat as fuel
The only way to get these chemicals into your brain is to use your muscles!
Researchers started calling myokines “hope molecules” because they appear to work at the brain level to help it recover from stress.
So …. exactly HOW do you exercise to spur more myokine action in your body?
It really doesn’t matter – basically, just make sure your muscles contract. That could mean walking, biking, running, lifting weights, or any other continuous action that makes your muscles move.
Just another reason to feel good about including fitness as part of your self-care routine!
I’m lucky to have a few really great cooks in my life. Several of my friends actually used to cook professionally, which I have recently learned makes them actual “chefs.” Anyway … one of the chefs blew my mind when he gave me the secret to his amazing family meals.
Here’s something you might be surprised to know if your social media feed is anything like mine. The “hustle and grind” is NOT the fastest path to your results. In fact, for some people, it’s a path to NOWHERE. Especially if you have responsibilities … like a career, family, home, pets, etc.!
This month I want to focus on one of the MOST IMPORTANT THINGS you can do when it comes to getting ACTUAL results. And this one thing will also help:
Feeling like you don’t have time to exercise is NOT an excuse to skip your workouts. Because workouts are THAT important for your health!