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I Have A Question: Why Do We Cry When We’re Emotional?

Not a sociopath? Check.

We cry when we’re happy, sad, laughing, sobbing. It happens all the time and we just don’t question it. 

But, if we stop and think about it, crying as a concept is weird: little droplets of water build up and make their way out of little holes in our eyes just because something upsets us. 

Is there a biological reason why we cry? Does it serve a purpose other than making our eyes feel less like sandpaper and washing our cheeks for us? 

Neither. Source: Giphy

I turned to my trusty friend Google for the answer. 

Apparently, crying doesn’t just happen when we’re emotional. There are actually three different kinds of tears:

Basal tears: they constantly lubricate our eyes and stop them from drying out. 

Reflex tears: these tears act in response to an irritant like onions or dust. Onion fumes, for example, trigger the release of hormones in the brain which then sets off a gland response in our eyelids making us cry to get rid of the irritant. 

Actually my worst nightmare. Source: Giphy

Emotional tears: the kind we shed when watching a sad movie or during a break up. 

The interesting thing about emotional tears, is that they’re exclusive to humans. There are a couple of theories as to why this is. 

The first theory suggests that emotional tears act as a visual communicator – they signal our genuine sadness or distress to others which makes them more likely to treat us kindly. 

From an evolutionary perspective, crying strengthens our bonds with those around us by making us seem more genuine and therefore likeable, increasing our chance of survival. 

I’m a survivoooor. Source: Giphy

But what about tears of joy? The same logic can be applied, but there’s also another theory: we cry to literally shed our stress. 

The composition of emotional tears vs reflect tears are different. Emotional tears have more ACTH hormones in them than reflex tears which are mostly water. ACTH hormones are stress hormones, so the logic follows: the more we cry the more stress chemicals we release. 

But the research here is limited and not yet conclusive. Still, it totally makes sense why I cry when I have a million things to do and I’m exhausted. 

Hey look, it me. Source: Giphy

So there you have it friends – a quick science lesson for you. Turns out you can learn something new every day after all. 

Get Ya Bloody Crystals Out, It's A Full Harvest Moon On Friday The 13th

What a time to be alive.

Full disclosure: I don’t know a lot about zodiacs, astrology, crystals, or general woo-woo juju stuff. The fascination is there, but my knowledge is lacking. 

There are two fundamental things I do know, however: Friday the 13th is B-A-D and full moons are amazing and super powerful. They’re basically energy opposites: all the bad vibes come out to play on Friday the 13th while full moons are often a time for completing goals, creative outpourings and reaping what you sow. 

But this Friday the two are combining just to mess with any stable energy balance we got going on. 

Trying being the key word. Source: Giphy

Friday the 13th of September is not just any full moon, it’s a harvest moon. 

‘Harvest moon’ is just the fancy name given to the full moon which marks the official beginning of autumn in the Western Hemisphere. They’re different from other full moons because they rise at roughly the same time for several nights in a row. The name also has a symbolic meaning, according to NASA, as farmers (before electricity was a thing) used the light of this moon to harvest their crops late at night to prepare for the winter ahead. 

The harvest moon only coincides with Friday the 13th once every 20 years, so this Friday is kind of a big deal. The last time a full moon coincided with Friday the 13th was October 13, 2000 and the next time it will happen will be August 13, 2049. 

Yes, people are losing their minds over the fact.  

Basically, there’s gonna be a lot of wild energy floating around this Friday so get your crystals out and get ready to soak that stuff up. Or, if you’re not into that kind of thing, at least remember to step outside and look up: this is one full moon you won’t want to miss. 

Embrace that luna energy. Source: Giphy

Turns Out Running Is The Worst Way To Get Fit So We Can Stop Torturing Ourselves Now

*deletes running app immediately*

Running sucks. I don’t care what you say but there’s nothing genuinely enjoyable about pounding pavement for 10 kilometres straight while trying to block out the pain by blasting a playlist through some headphones. 

Sure, the endorphins after a run are great but not even that buzz is worth it for me.

Even though I think runners are slightly insane, I’ve always admired them. It takes a special brand of insanity, a lot of willpower, and super fitness to enjoy that kind of exercise. 

But it turns out that running isn’t the best way to get fit. In fact, it’s the worst way to improve fitness. 

-gif- shocked and elated tbh

Shocked and elated, tbh. Source: Giphy

If you want to get in shape, skip the marathon and sprint to the nearest weight room. 

Speaking to Vice, Lee Boyce, a strength coach and owner of Boyce Training Systems in Toronto, explained that running for fat lost (like many people do) is ineffective. 

“That’s usually what the mentality is, that it’s a way to get leaner and lose weight, but doing other things outside of running will probably have a better effect at catalysing that result,” he said. 

Lee’s golden tip for fat-loss is the same as any good trainer out there: compound strength exercises. Stuff like squats, deadlifts, shoulder presses – the things that use your big muscles and activate your whole body. 

The more weights you lift, the stronger our bodies become and a strong body is the best way to prevent injuries, increase metabolism, burn fat, and stay mobile and functional especially as we get older. 

Running is hard on your body but not in a constructive way – it puts a lot of excessive strain on your muscles and joints but doesn’t build proper strength. Cardiovascular endurance? Sure. But there are other ways to get your heart rate up and maintain your fitness levels that don’t ruin your knees. Specifically, interval or circuit training.

This type of cardio training keeps your heart rate up “but you get more benefits because you’re actually challenging your muscles against resistance, which will burn more calories, potentiate a lot more fat loss, and raise your metabolism,” Lee explained. 

The man is right: studies have consistently shown that weight training and sprinting are more effective than running at targeting stubborn fat and creating a good internal environment for fat loss (i.e. it balances your hormones out). 

The science is pretty technical (I won’t bore you with that) but the takeaway message is stupidly simple: running is good for cardio because weights and circuits are better. They still make you breathe hard but they help your body in more ways than a evening jog ever will. 

Just love to run? Don’t want to give it up? That’s fine – you do you. Just do you at a faster pace, for shorter time, and lift some heavy things where you can. 

Like so. Source: Giphy

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