How To Feel Good During Lockdown – THE HOPE MOLECULE

The Hope Molecule represents an effective way we can feel good during trying times, all we have to do is move our bodies. With the amount of perversive uncertainty around the globe right now, taking steps every day to monitor and improve our mental state is essential for fighting off depressive states, hopelessness, and emotional instability. It’s absolutely OK to not be Ok right now, and thankfully there are a range of resources at our disposal to help us stabilise and improve our mental health.

Of those resources, the most fascinating and quickest to implement into your lifestyle is daily movement through exercise. You may have heard that exercise can help boost our mood and improve cognitive function, however the ‘why’ behind this boost to our metal state provides and extremely compelling case for exercise as a supplementary remedy to depression.

Our muscles act as an endocrine system, which essentially means they are a big pump producing and secreting hormones which are utilised by the body in a range of different ways. These hormones and proteins are needed by our bodies to function at an optimal level. It’s widely acknowledged that they are produced to help fight off cancer cells, improve heart health and regulate our metabolism

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In addition to this, our muscles secrete hormones that are wildly beneficial for our brain health. These hormones specifically (known as Hope Molecules) target stress hormone receptors to make us more resilient to stress and induce feelings of elation to combat depression, or in other words, our muscles literally produce anti-depressant molecules. The only thing we have to do to access these molecules is contract our muscles through movement. Walking, running, dancing, swimming, any kind of exercise at all, and these hormones are pumped into our bloodstream and delivered straight to our brain.

This hormone release is a biological relic form times when our survival was dependant on our ability to move, to hunt and to gather. Our brains released a ‘happy high’ to reinforce our survival instincts ie. Running and hunting all day was how we are able to put food on the table, so reinforcing that behaviour with a natural high will make us want to do it again, even if we’re not consciously aware of it.

Whatever the origins of this evolution may be, it’s effects can be felt by all of us and put to use in a practical way.

TIPS ON GETTING STARTED

For some of us, exercising and being active comes naturally. For a lot of us though, exercise can be daunting prospect. I always say that “we don’t have to be athletes now we’re over 50, but we do have to do some form of physical activity every day.

The Physical Activity Guidelines recommend 150 minutes of aerobic exercise a week, with an additional two sessions of strength training to help maintain optimal fitness levels. Following this guideline has shown an overall improvement in quality of life and is key to preventing and managing chronic disease and is an excellent starting point for those just setting out on their fitness journey.

I’ve converted this formula into a free 7 day challenge! If you follow this challenge, you’ll be meeting these requirements easily. Click here to access.

Below are some tools you can us when getting started to help you stick with exercise for longer.

CONSISTENCY

It can be disheartening to not get results right away. Stick with it and keep consistent with your workout routines and the results will come over time. Slow and steady wins the race.

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SET REGULAR AND REALISTIC GOALS

A sure-fire way to become disillusioned by exercise is to set unrealistic goals for yourself. Setting a goal to lose an insane amount of weight in a short period of time is unrealistic and can lead to feelings of failure and giving up quicker when not achieved. Similarly, setting a goal and then achieving it without anywhere to go next can be detrimental to progress. Consistently setting yourself new milestones and celebrating the wins along the way will help you to stay on track for longer. Progress is progress, and as long as you are just 1% better today than you were yesterday, you’re already winning.

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MAKE EXERCISE HABITUAL

Repetition breed retention, and this goes double for exercise. Keeping consistent with your workout schedule will over time make it second nature, and before you know it you won’t be thinking twice before gearing up to workout.

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THE HOPE MOLECULE IN CONCLUSION…

Exercise has proven to be an effective tool for eliminating depression, anxiety, stress and in boosting mental clarity through the release of the Hope Molecule. Our bodies are hardwired to push us through and reinforce positive feeling towards exercise to help us make it a habit.

It’s not always easy getting started but keep consistent and diligent and over time your hard work will be rewarded with tangible results, not just of the mind but, the body as well.

We’ve created a free 12-week maintenance program that gives you a way to hit all your weekly exercise requirements. This program has been designed to take all the guesswork out of your workouts. All the work is done for you, you just have to show up and start moving. Click here to access now!

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Over the next month, you will be engaging in one activity every day designed to bring you back to a state of positivity and mindfulness.

 

To begin our 30-day challenge, we’re going to tap in to our subtle body so that we can be present in the now. This technique helps to take us away from the past and the wild, meandering thoughts that may distract us and into the present.

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One Response

  1. Hi,
    I wanted to tell you that i have been following your exercise now for 1 year and 1 month, wow what a differences in my body shape and thought process. i like to read your regular email up dates. i am apparoaching the later part of my fifties and late menopause, i thought if,menopause happened naturally then i could combat this alone, how wrong was i . i tried various remedies but exercise/ you helped the most and reading your advice on menopause i went to my gp and now have patches, i feel so much better. i exercise every day yes every day and focus on all parts some timed i print off your challanges and alwayscomplete them other times i just see how i feel in the morning before i start, thank you so very much. yours pippa,xx

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Schellea Fowler, the visionary founder of Fabulous50s, brings over three decades of small business leadership and expertise to her legacy. Not only has she excelled personally, but she has also become a mentor, generously sharing her wealth of experience with emerging entrepreneurs. After retiring at 50 in 2016, Schellea’s commitment to continuous growth led her to pursue additional qualifications. A qualified fitness instructor, she is presently continuing her master trainer program, specializing in exercise for older adults. Through Fabulous50s, Schellea remains devoted to her vision of empowering and inspiring women to embrace and celebrate their current stage of life. Schellea Fowler, the visionary founder of Fabulous50s, brings over three decades of small business leadership and expertise to her legacy. Not only has she excelled personally, but she has also become a mentor, generously sharing her wealth of experience with emerging entrepreneurs. After retiring at 50 in 2016, Schellea’s commitment to continuous growth led her to pursue additional qualifications. A qualified fitness instructor, she is presently continuing her master trainer program, specializing in exercise for older adults. Through Fabulous50s, Schellea remains devoted to her vision of empowering and inspiring women to embrace and celebrate their current stage of life. Her additional qualifications include: Neuro Athletics Coaching Certificate (NACC) from Neuro Athletics, Meditation Teacher Training from Yoga Coach, Fashion Styling from the Australian Style Institute, and Advanced Personal Colour Analysis from AOPI.
Above all, Schellea’s mission is simple yet profound: to support women in embracing the aging process with confidence and grace.

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