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“Muscles are basically endocrine organs” says Kelly McGonigal, PhD. An endocrine organ produces a chemical hormone in one area of the body and it’s effect is on another area of the body, sometimes far from that site and so muscles act as an endocrine organ because, when contracted, produce something called myokines.
These myokines are proteins, when secreted into your blood stream, go to every system in your body, including your brain.
The effect of these myokines can make you resilient to stress and protect you from depression , hence the name- Hope Molecules . They are a natural anti-depressant and the only way to get them is through muscle contraction.
Weightlifting ,walking, dancing, skating…it doesn’t matter as long as the muscles are contracting.