Happy Hormones unsplash
Have you ever wondered what happens to your body while exercising…what chemical changes take place that, once you stop, you feel totally exhausted but alive. And happy. On a natural high.

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!

Kx

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