Continuing on our journey to get organized from the inside out, here is Part 3 in our 4-part series: Lighten Up, Brighten Up and Tighten up, by my dear BFF Teresa Marchese, a transformation health and wellness coach, of Rock Solid.
When I heard this talk Teresa gave, my life was a bit clogged up. Just by making two or three of her “clutter clearing” tips a habit in my life has given me peace of mind and power!
So, with no further ado, here are more secrets for getting lighter, brighter and tighter:
9. Get some sunshine
Sunshine boosts levels of serotonin – the body’s natural happy hormone and can stave off depression. It’s been shown that exercising outdoors creates more endorphins in the body compared to indoor exercising.
When you hang out in the sun every day, your body produces the vitamin D that it needs. The vitamin makes it easier for your bones to absorb calcium you get from the food you eat, so your bones stay strong. In fact, if you don’t get enough sun, you’ll find that the lack of Vitamin D means you’re are more likely to develop osteoporosis!
Sunshine even keeps you slim. You won’t lose weight by spending more time in the sun, but it does help to produce more of the appetite suppressing hormone leptin. On top of that, a lack of Vitamin D can make you feel hungry, which means you’re more likely to snack.
And finally, sunshine strengthens your immune system. Vitamin D is one of the nutrients that your immune system needs in order to keep working properly.
Do you want to be hunched over with osteoporosis; sick, pale and sluggish, or can you risk a few wrinkles on those rosy cheeks?
10. Turn it OutSide In, and Smile
Ron Gutman, author of Smile: The Astonishing Powers of a Simple Act writes “Lots of smiling can actually make you healthier. Smiling can help reduce levels of stress enhancing hormones like cortisol, adrenaline, and dopamine. It can increase the level of mood enhancing hormones like endorphin and reduces overall blood pressure.”
Taking that smile a step further with a hug, which releases oxytocin – the love hormone and the trust hormone!
P.S. Don’t forget, this series is to celebrate the launch of our new mobile friendly website.
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