No Pain… Alot To Gain

Everyone has heard the phrase, ‘No Pain, No Gain!’ Some may even have had it shouted in their face while pushing out that last set. It means that by pushing yourself in a workout session or working hard at anything in fact, without pain there will be no gain. If you don’t hurt you’re not working hard enough. But the phrase ‘No Pain, No Gain’ might not be as accurate as we think.

Ok, so we know Endorphins are chemicals in our body produced by the pituitary gland and hypothalamus that have the ability to suppress pain. So what does that mean for us?

When the body experiences pain the brain reacts by telling the hypothalamus to release endorphins so that the pain we are experiencing diminishes. Therefore, by working hard in a training session or doing physical activity so that you’re pushing your body to the limits, over the time of the session endorphins are released and the pain that you feel from that session starts to subside.

Have you ever heard the term, ‘hitting the wall’? Endorphins allow us to hit that wall and then leap over it to reach new heights and goals with its pain suppressing effects.

So when you’re next working out or trying to achieve your natural high and you feel like you won’t make it, never fear, because endorphins are there to give you that little push in your time of need!

RELEASE THE ENDORPHINS!!!

Ok, so we know what endorphins are but how do we get those little suckers into our body?

It is a common misconception among people that exercise is the only/best way to get endorphins into our body, and although it is one way, there are actually many, many more ways in which the body gets stimulated into releasing endorphins.

Here are the top 10 ways to release endorphins into your body to achieve a natural high:

1. Smiling – Very simple, but a smile does in fact release endorphins and just gives you a much more positive outlook on life.

2. Exercise – The obvious one, exercise is great because it stimulates the production of endorphins and also gives you a healthier lifestyle and confidence. To maximize endorphin release in exercise, heavy weight lifting or intense aerobic activity is suggested.

3. Eating – Specifically dark chocolate and spicy foods (chilli), but even after just a very satisfying meal endorphins are released to make you feel good. Having said that remember, everything in moderation.

4. Sex – Sex is probably one of the best ways of achieving a natural high. This is because it is physical but also more often than not, emotional. Connecting with a person physically, emotionally and spiritually while releasing endorphins is truly euphoric for the body.

5. Laughing – Normally when we laugh, we are happy. Many positive effects and feelings are surrounded by laughing including endorphin release.

6. Meditation – Controlled breathing, Tai Chi, Yoga and other forms of meditative exercises are believe to trigger endorphins in the body.

7. Massage / Acupuncture – Both these treatments release endorphins, relieve stress and make you feel better all over.

8. Alcohol – Excessive drinking does NOT release endorphins, however it has been proven that light to moderate drinking does.

9. UV Light – Ultraviolet Light for some reason makes our bodies pump out endorphins.

10. Positivity – The most important of all of the endorphin triggers. Be positive!

So here you have 10 ways to release endorphins into your body. There are so many different ways to release them that no one should have any excuses about why the haven’t gone out there and experienced a natural high!

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Welcome to ‘The Natural High’ where each week there will be posted information, activities, diets, tips and tricks, and positive outcomes all relating to Endorphins and our bodies to help achieve a Natural High. This blog is a celebration of life, movement and positive attitude so apply what you read here to your own life so you can live your life with a natural high!