The Power of Love
What’s love got to do with health? A hell of a lot, actually.
That sublime feel-good rush you get when you’re with the one you love can lower your blood pressure, make you feel calmer, and even help you live longer. I’m not making this stuff up! There’s a load of science behind why love makes us feel so good – and why it’s so good for us.
Love makes our hearts stronger
It doesn’t happen every day, but that unmistakable heart-racing feeling of seeing someone we fancy actually makes our heart muscle healthier.
In that moment – when your eyes meet, kiss for the first time, or jump under the sheets – your brain releases hormones like dopamine, adrenaline and norepinephrine which make your heart beat faster and stronger. Although it’s no long-term substitute for a regular aerobic exercise, the effect is much the same. Which means your heart is getting a good, healthy workout.
Love makes us calmer
It’s easy to get to a stage in a relationship and think holding hands is a thing of the past. Don’t! There’s a stack of research that shows holding hands with someone you love can have a dramatic calming effect. So much so, it can lower our blood pressure, decrease our heart rate and reduce overall anxiety. And it’s not just new romances, either. Couples in a loving, long-term relationship also benefit from the brain’s natural release of feel-good dopamine.
Love makes us worry less
While apples do their bit to keep the doctor away, hugs can go a long way to keeping us healthy – body and mind.
Whether it’s with a close friend, family member or that someone special, a big warm hug with someone you love stimulates the production of oxytocin in your body – that unmistakable feel-good hormone that makes us calmer, happier, and more relaxed.
Love Makes Us Live Longer
You don’t have to be a scientist to know that giving love and being loved feels amazing. But you might be surprised to know it can also slow down the ageing process. For those of us in healthy long-term relationships, it gets even better – love can make us live longer, too.
It’s all about having a constant source of love and support there for us through thick and thin. That means someone to care for us when we’re sick, pick us up when we’re feeling down, and pull us through life’s tough times. But living the single life doesn’t mean missing out on the good stuff. Studies also show that love and support from friends and family are just as healthy for us, too.
Don’t hold back. Go hug, walk hand-in-hand, cuddle up, and get cosy with the one you love this Valentine’s Day…and every day of the year, for that matter. It’s not only good for your relationship, but good for your mind, body and soul, too.
Owner and Personal Trainer