Go Shopping If You Want A Longer Life!

By: Niharika Choudhary
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Disclaimer: I am not trying to propagate or impose this idea on you through this article. However, a research has shown and there are testimonials of people who vouch for the health benefits of shopping.

Obviously, you might have never thought that shopping could benefit your health. It is true that shopping is not as good as a high-intensity workout; however, shopping has an overall benefit to your mental, physical, psychological and emotional health. If researches are to be trusted, shopping as well as window shopping have positive effects on us.

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Well, window shopping definitely sounds good, who wouldn't want to feel happy and de-stress without hurting our pockets, right?
Shopping fills us with a feel-good factor, helps us to relieve stress, spend time with our family or friends and meet new people.

It is a mood buster. Hopping from one counter to another, or from one street to another, or simply walking through the mall helps you to lose some calories. All these assumptions make sense only when you really enjoy shopping. If you see shopping as a pain or wastage of time, you might be on the wrong page.

Here we are sharing some of the amazing health benefits of shopping that you never cared about till date. But after reading this article, you'll surely know what you are losing and gaining when you shop next. Take a look.


Shopping Produces Feel-Good Hormones In You

The thought of just going to shop and then the actual shopping spree releases oxytocin and endorphin in your body. These fill up your brain with a lot of positive thinking and pleasure. Shopping helps to lift up your spirit.


Is An Excellent Way Of Working Out Without Getting Tired

Working out at the gym or doing any other workout sure does exhaust you in sometime, and you end up getting tired. However, shopping is an excellent way to work out because your brain keeps releasing endorphins that keep you engaged and you don't feel tired quickly.


Helps You In Losing Calories

According to researches, you can burn up to around 600 calories in a three-hour shopping spree. Now, that sounds good, isn't it? Losing calories by doing something you really love to do is a great idea. And just for the records, you can also lose another 12 to 15 calories per minute climbing up and getting down those stairs. So, ditch the escalators the next time you shop.


You Forget Your Pains And Troubles When You Shop

Though this feeling is not going to last long, but for some time, you forget your troubles and feel happy and carefree. The world looks even more beautiful when you hold your shopping bags in your hands loaded with stuff that you love.


Promotes Brain Health

Shopping fuels our immunity. It also keeps the brain young and energetic. While shopping, when you spot the items, you want to buy them. In this way your brain releases endorphins that fill you up with pleasure.


Amplifies Networking Of Your Senses

We do things when there is correct coordination and networking amongst the senses. Shopping amplifies and oils the networking of our senses.


Helps You Brush Up Your Basic Mathematics

For some of us, solving mathematic problems is quite a challenge. But, shopping improves your basic calculations like taking out profit or percentage, conversions, or finding the difference.

When you have to pick from two items, you make all calculations keeping in mind how much you will profit from that item, the difference in price or extra grams, etc.


Promotes Your Social Skills

Shopping brushes up our social skills. Most of the time, we go shopping with a family member or a friend. By doing this, we get to spend some extra time with them.

While shopping, you also meet fellow shoppers and sales people, this helps you shed your social inhibitions. So, shopping is very important to maintain your emotional health.


Strengthens Your Reflexes

Shopping definitely strengthens your reflexes. You are more active and alert while moving your shopping trolley or checking out for items and, at the same time, keeping an eye on your child or picking up something you want before someone else grabs it.


Teaches You Management

Obviously, shopping improves your time-management skills, adjustment skills, social skills, etc. You do not shop the whole day and generally fix a time for yourself. Then, you make sure that you complete your shopping in that time set.


Teaches You Patience

Shopping also teaches you to be patient. You need to be patient with the sales person while he/she shows you the items you want. You also learn to be patient and co-exist with your other fellow shoppers. Waiting at the billing counter till your turn comes also boosts the golden rule of ‘being patient' in you.


Tones Your Legs

Shopping requires a lot of walking from one counter to the other, or street to street and the entire mall, all this walking helps to tone your legs. Another reason to shop!


Shapes Your Arms

Pushing that trolley, while you shop, helps you to build your arm and abdomen muscles. A lot of muscle strength is required to push and pull your shopping trolley throughout the mall. Even picking up things from the counters and keeping them back or into your trolley also helps you to move a muscle.


Soothes The Eye

Those counters loaded with goods in vibrant colours are a real feast for the eyes, aren't they? Even locating the item you want from thousands of those products improves your hawk-eye view. This certainly does soothe your eyesight and helps release feel-good hormones in you.

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