With a bit of web based research, it seems the reason for these happy moods after (and during) exercise is due to a release of endorphins into your bloodstream while moving your body & elevating your heartrate. Endorphins are actually there to reduce your brains perception of pain – so you may need to push through an initial pain-period before you experience any of the feel-good pleasures from endorphins (ever started a run or bike ride & wondered “WTF” am I doing?? Only to feel amazing once the pain threshold was overcome?)
These endorphins – often referred to as “feel-good hormones” are peptides that are produced by the brain, that bind to the brain’s opiate receptors, reducing the perception of pain & increasing feelings of euphoria. So, therefore the benefits of regular exercise are not just physical, but also boost your mood, & help alleviate depression & anxiety. Nature’s anti-depressant if you like 😊
If you are trying to overcome a negative habit, exercise & the release of hormones can be a big help in reaching that goal, as exercise is considered a highly effective coping mechanism in most forms of addiction recovery. Cravings for junk food, alcohol or drugs are decreased with the natural high endorphins offer.
Endorphin rush aside – physical exercise has many other benefits too, including the obvious ones, looking & feeling good inside & out & less obvious ones too – it builds intelligence, lowers dementia risk & improves memory.
So what are we waiting for – lets get those bodies moving, blood pumping & happy moods higher than high!