Summer calls for living life to the fullest. The season of opportunity, it’s time to conquer and explore. When one feels good, they are able to accomplish more. Several factors play into feeling your best. We give a few tips to get you living life with more energy and feeling your best this summer!
You Are What You Eat
Fortunately, we can control what we eat pretty easily. This means we can pretty easily control how we feel. Research shows that certain foods affect mood modifying brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. These neurotransmitters are made from the food we eat.
Serotonin is a chemical which controls appetites and satisfies cravings is found in carbohydrates, sugars and starches. Eating too much sugar and starch can lead to excess weight, an imbalance of serotonin levels which can cause depression and anxiety. Healthy forms of serotonin come from whole grains, brown rice, fruit, vegetables and grains with bulgur and quinoa.
Dopamine and Norepinephrine
These chemicals are released after eating protein. They typically enhance brain function such as mental clarity, concentration and alertness. Protein rich foods are also easier to digest without leaving you feeling heavy after a meal. Healthy protein options would be lean meats, fish, beans and lentils, and dairy products.
Exercise is one of the best ways to boost endorphins, which is the body’s ‘feel-good’ chemical. Similar to morphine, endorphins trigger positive feelings and reduce perceptions of pain. Researchers have found that heavy weights or anaerobic exertion is what releases the endorphins leading to a ‘runner’s high’. If you haven’t worked out consistently, set reasonable expectations and push yourself, in attainable baby steps. Begin with 5- 10 minutes a day of weight training or sprint intervals. Work yourself up to 30 minutes a day by increasing workout time by 10 minute increments.
Grab Hold Of A Better Life At Murfreesboro Athletic Club Today!
You can grab hold of a better life with just a few simple changes to your lifestyle. Get motivated at Murfreesboro Athletic Club, a full service health club that offers a wide range of state of the art equipment, programs and services to keep you going. Come in and check us out to get you started on your journey to live life to it’s fullest!