Hugs for Health
Have you ever heard of oxytocin? It’s a hormone released by the brain that induces bonding—as in strengthening relationships. It’s been shown to reduce stress hormones like cortisol, which can derail workout recovery. It can also help lower blood pressure and fortify the body’s immune system. How do you get more oxytocin? Hugs help release it, and sex causes it to spike. So if you’re feeling down, get physical—find someone to hug. Just make sure it’s okay with the huggee.