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Exercise Makes You Happy

on October 1, 2012

exercise leads to happinessEver wondered why fitness buffs are mostly perky? It’s because exercising makes them happy.

Studies show that exercising releases endorphins in the brain. Wikipedia defines endorphins as consisting “of two parts: endo- and -orphin; these are short forms of the words endogenous and morphine, intended to mean “a morphine-like substance originating from within the body.

To put it simply, endorphins are the reason behind the “natural high” or “runners high” we get. Many people will agree that it’s the best drug there is with great side effects such as residual health benefits. Walking, running, biking, dancing or any other type of physical movement can make one feel happy, less anxious, more energized, and even have that satisfactory feeling of accomplishment when personal training fitness goals are achieved.

A single exercise session lasting 20 or 30 minutes at 80 percent of your capacity brings on pain-relieving endorphins, according to work by Robert G. McMurray of the University of Carolina at Chapel Hill (source: Foxnews.com).

It is also said that the more stressed a person is, the more intense the exercise should be. Intensity means the duration which is more than 30 minutes for those who are more stressed. It doesn’t have to be extreme workouts. As mentioned earlier, it could be in the form of walking, jogging, dancing, or even doing the house chores. Just 3-4 times of exercise in a week can leave a positive impact on anyone’s life.

When exercising, remember that it not only leads to weight loss but it could also lead to a happier and more confident you.

exercising releases endorphins


2 responses to “Exercise Makes You Happy

  1. Starfruit says:

    Spot on!

  2. […] that exercise can make you happy as it helps release endorphins in the brain. If you are having a hard time starting your fitness routine, just think that it will eventually […]

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