Just Do It: Endorphins Rock

Just Do It: Endorphins Rock

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We all have days where we feel lazy. Yes, even I, Mrs. Pilates teacher/holistic nutritionist, once in a while will trade in a heart-pumping weekend hike for a day lounging on my outdoor chaise lounge. Especially after a long work day, plopping down on the couch and catching up on my HBO is very tempting. However, once I remind myself of how good I’ll feel while I’m working out, and especiallyafter I'm done, I get my second wind. I can always rely on these three magic words to get my bootie up and out the door…it’s a very wise and profound statement. To quote the brilliant branding team behind Nike, circa 1988, “Just Do It!”. So simple, yet so effective. 
Rocking a Cape Cod shirt and Boston baseball hat for my neighborhood run!
Once you start moving, your body will thank you by releasing endorphins. Getting your endorphins pumping will not only give you more energy, it will make you happier, sleep better, keep you more focused, relaxed, increase your metabolism and burn calories all at once. Endorphins are so miraculous and important for our well being because they interact with the brain’s receptors and reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also activate a natural positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine. For example, the feeling that follows a run or a great workout is often described as "euphoric." This euphoric feeling is then conserved and distributed throughout the rest of your day, making even the most minor tasks more enjoyable. If you’re looking beyond the perks of a natural high, in a recent study, the Harvard Health letter recently found that, "exercise also generates a newly discovered hormone, called irisin, which transforms energy-storing white fat cells into energy-burning brown fat cells. Irisin also appears to help prevent or overcome cellular changes that lead to type 2 diabetes. Irisin travels throughout the body in the blood and alters fat cells. If your goal is to lose weight, you want to increase the number of brown fat cells and decrease white fat cells.”
Kristen and Magda working out even in the middle of a Party!
So, to help you get a little pep in your step, I’m going to give you some helpful pre-exercise motivational tips.

1.Drink a cup of coffee: Scientists and athletes have found that caffeine is the perfect stimulant increasing athletic endurance and performance. Caffeine has been proven to increase the number of fatty acids circulating in the bloodstream, which helps people work out, run or bike longer. Since muscles can absorb and burn that fat for fuel, the body can save its limited storage of carbohydrates until later on in the workout.

2. Work out with a friend: Having a companion, especially one that you enjoy hanging out with, always makes the initial motivation process much easier. Not only will you think of the experience more positively, you will also be held accountable if you try to back out at last minute.

3. Make the workout experience part of you wellness routine and lifestyle: Because you’ll feel so good, you wont want to ruin your endorphin rush with a burger and fries. People who work out generally eat healthier and take better care of their overall health. After the class or run, grab a green smoothie. (I like mine with kale, a half of apple, spinach, almond milk, a scoop of raw almond butter and a half of banana…serves 2) It will give you a natural source of phytonutrients, keep you full of fiber, and flush out your system. You’ll feel lighter and energized!

4. Stay local: Its always more difficult to get motivated when you know that you’ll be sitting in the car for thirty minutes before you even get to your exercise destination. Instead, choose a class or gym that is either walking distance, close by or in rout to your house or office. That way you can avoid the annoyance that occurs while sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic...and its better for the environment! 
Finian taking an active  beach walk instead of laying out!




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