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Exercise: The Natural “Feel-Good” Drug

4 Apr

Frustrated? Sad? Stressed? Hit the gym and feel good. Exercise releases endorphins, which are our bodies natural anti-depressants. Instead of resorting to the short term “feel good” options such as alcohol or drugs, try the healthy solution of working out. Besides lifting your mood, exercise will help you sleep better at night, it will boost your energy level, and even have a positive effect on your sex life.

Don’t be part of the 33% of Americans that refuses to take part in any exercise at all ( a statistic which explains the 30% obesity rate). Instead, put aside at least 3 days a week where you do yoga, pilates, lift weights, run, swim, bike, row or do any other form of cardiovascular exercise. The physical and emotional benefits are endless.

Need some motivation?

Now it’s your turn.

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Laughter is Contagious, and Truly the Best Medicine

1 Apr

Are you having a bad day? Because if these 4 guys don’t cheer you up, I am not sure what will.

 

 

I have watched this video a ridiculous amount of times, but can never help but smile. Studies show that laughter is contagious, but more importantly, healthy. The benefits of laughing are endless. It not only eases stress and anxiety but it also improves ones mood.

Ways to create opportunities for laughter are much easier than you think. Besides watching a funny TV show, or reading the funny pages of the New York Times, you can go to a Laughter Yoga class. Yup, you read it right. It’s a yoga class that focusses on breathing and “Laughing for no reason”. If you’re curious to find out more, go to¬†http://www.laughteryoga.com.

This is a must-see. John Cleese attends a Laughter Yoga session in Mumbai, India – and really seems to like it.

 

So come on people, keep smiling.