We spend a lot of time scouring the web to stay up on the hottest health and fitness trends, and each week, we’ll be sharing with you the best of what we read. (It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it!)
Here at DailyBurn, we’re maybe just a little addicted to endorphins. (Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy!) What’s not to love? Our favorite reads this week focused on that almighty, feel-good chemical rush that comes from good food or a great sweat.
In It for the Endorphins
Sometimes that quest for the perfect post-workout high becomes too much. If you’re unsure if you have a balanced relationship with sweat, take a look at these nine habits of healthy exercisers. (Huffington Post)
Have you ever pushed yourself to the point of injury? One personal trainer learns why “no pain, no gain” can be a dangerous mentality. (Lifting Revolution)
We’re strong believers that no food or exercise can replace therapy if you need it, but then again, don’t discount sriracha. New research suggests fiery foods can deliver at least a temporary rush of feel-good chemicals. (The Daily Meal)
You’ve heard the term “food addiction” colloquially, but new research shows that foods defined as hyperpalatable (those containing high amounts of sugar, starch or salt) may have the same effect on our brain chemistry as drugs. Furthermore, obese people have fewer dopamine receptors and need to eat more to get the same “high.” (IDEA Fit)
Meditation is like exercise for the mind, and a new study indicates that practicing mindfulness regularly can strengthen your concentration, just as practicing squats can strengthen those glutes. (Well Blog)